Took my wife here for our 4th anniversary. Mentioned anniversary in Open Table reservation and had a note personalized in our menu and a little extra decoration on our table to celebrate. Service was great and genuine. We went with the 5-course Chef's tasting menu, set a few basic parameters and asked for their best shot and boy did they deliver. Below are the things we had along with a little note on each.
Maker's Mark "romanov" - MM with mint, mango & lime. Always a good combo. :)
Fried Okra Salad - pickled, cheese-stuffed fried okra on a salad with greek yogurt & lime. What a weird combo. My wife liked it. I loved it
Lobster "knuckle sandwich" - essentially a fancy open faced lobster sandwich. We both loved this and will certainly get it next time
Raviolo - a giant beef-short rib ravioli with brown butter sauce and sauteed mushrooms. It was a little rich for my wife so she opted to save room for later courses after a few bites but she did like the flavors. I liked this very much, but it is quite rich/heavy for the middle of a 5-course meal. Would prefer as a stand-alone entree.
Duck Breast w/grape leaf risotto (for me) - After the first 3 courses this one was a bit of a let down for me. It was quite good, but not on the level of the priors. The duck had good flavor but the fat could have been rendered a little more and the skin a little crispier for my taste. The grape leaf risotto was a nice flavor pairing.
Pan-fried trout w/cauliflower puree and toasted almond slivers (for my wife) - She liked this a lot, but was trying to save room for dessert so I helped her with this dish and it was my favorite of the whole evening. I loved, loved, loved this dish. Great flavors and textures. One of the top 10 dishes I've ever had.
Creme Brulee (for my wife) - someone got a little carried away with the blow torch as parts of the crust were burned, but when you avoided those spots, the creme and earl gray cookies were nice, but probably would opt for something else next time.
Bread pudding (for me) - I know and love my bread puddings but this one didn't quite reach my expectations (which were admittedly very high after the savory courses). The sauce was great, the pecans and ice cream were great and the overall flavor was nice, but it was a little dry for me. Once I'd worked through the half of it that was moistened by the sauce and ice cream I threw in the towel. It was still good, but not so good that I pushed the boundaries of stomach capacity to finish it.
Very long story shortened: Nice atmosphere, great menu variety, great execution on most of the many dishes we had, great service and a reasonable bill for what we received. Will be back for sure. That trout is calling my name!
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