Started on a sour note where we arrived at our reservation time (10:30) and were placed in a tiny (3x5) waiting area by the door that is curtained off from the restaurant and told to wait. No problem, but the area is so tiny the door kept getting opened up and smacking my dining companion. Here's a thought - put a bench outside with a heat lamp and offer a glass of wine as you wait.
Inside of charming and the staff was very friendly. The food was really outstanding and each course was a joy - especially the truffle oil shrimp. The display was as magnificent as the flavor.
So why not 5 stars you ask? I will tell you. Some key info was lacking that made the bill size a bit of a surprise when it shouldn't be. The tasting menu is offered at 45 Euro. No problem. Upon seating, the server asked me whether I wanted to do the wine pairings or just order wine off the menu. There was no explanation about what was included as far as number of glasses and the price was never revealed. My bad, I should have asked but just didn't want to seem crass. I figured it was $20/25 based on the cost of the meal and the price of bottles.
Fast forward to the end of the meal when after an amazing meal and lots of laughs and banter, the server/owner said you MUST try some port or Cognac. OK - figured it was part of the tasting and everything else was so delicious we said, of course.
Last course was the check and it was 190 euro for two of us. That is where it was revealed that the wine pairing was $35 euro per person and the port we tasted at the end was not included and was $11/glass. Add to that charges for water and bread and you get $190 before tip.
Would I go back again? Yes! Would I do the wine pairing again, I think so. They certainly kept the glasses full and I enjoyed learning about the wines.
The point is that the customer should know the cost of things without having to ask and if something is not included in the wine pairing (such as the port) the server/owner should mention it in case it impacts your decision.
I hope the owner reads this and gives this info to future diners. If not, you got it from me. Enjoy this truly special meal and place - just know what the enjoyment will cost you before you decide.
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