We enjoyed our 5-course Whim Tasting Menu experience, but at more than $60/person, we won't do this often. Even though portions were smaller than normal servings, and we felt obligated to finish each, we were stuffed before we got to the entree. This may have diminished our appreciation and completion of the third and fourth courses. I don't see how anyone can finish a 14- or 21-course in one night (there's also a 7)! To leave enough room in our stomachs, we could have skipped the complementary and delicious bread and fantastic hummus, but why pass up such a good thing?
The first course of tuna tartar was maybe too much of a good thing. I love sushi and sashimi, but I can't eat that much of it without rice. At a certain point, that much raw fish by itself stops being pleasant. The dish we got wasn't the same as the one on the regular menu, and I wouldn't order that again, though I might try the regular version in the future. One memorable dish that I liked was the buffalo mozzarella baked in phyllo dough. Delicious. The cavatelli was flavorful, though a tad over-salted. We were so uncomfortably full by then that we couldn't have more than a taste of the veal dish, but the leftovers the next day tasted even better. We did push ourselves to eat the desserts, and we enjoyed them very much.
Since this was the "Whim" menu (as in chef's whim), the dishes we got are not on the regular menu, so my opinions about them may not help you decide what to order. I do recommend you allow at least two hours for the 5-course. The space is beautiful and service was perfect. Our server did a wonderful job pairing each of the dishes with wine. The tunes playing on the speakers -- classic Talking Heads, Stones, and a few others -- showed good musical taste, though I prefer music played at a slightly less distracting, lower volume while I'm dining. We look forward to going back to try all of the dishes on the regular menu.
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