We came for lunch, early. The dining area is broken up into separate eating areas, in part by what look like refurbished small barn doors, a rustic touch. High ceilings. Lots of wood, in appearance anyway. Chandeliers of clear bottles. We took a table by the windows. The heavy drapes were pulled back, allowing us a view of the outdoor tables by the pool. The chairs were of stark wood, nothing fancy, with a cushioned seat.
Our waiter, Nicolas, promptly brought us a large bottle of distilled water, then filled our glasses. He was energetic and efficient. I asked about the heavy wooden doors. They were functional, not merely decorative, he said. Supposedly they came from a barn in Wisconsin and were refurbished for the restaurant.
I ordered the Bison & Cranberry Meatloaf, which came with "whipped garnet yams, edamame succotash, mushroom-port sauce." My wife got the Vegetable Lasagna, which came with a side of spinach. She opted for actual cheese with the dish, though non-dairy options were available, this being a vegan restaurant in part. Nicolas offered her a choice of cheeses, suggesting the mozzarella, which was made on the premises. Sold.
I strolled around. The bar offered only two beers on tap. There were several bottled beers available, both domestic craft and imported Belgian. A modest wine list. Liquors, of course. The bar stools were of unadorned wood with inlaid wicker seats. Not very comfortable, I mused. But I wasn't here to belly up to the bar.
Our food arrived promptly, despite the burgeoning crowd. Both dishes had great eye appeal. My entrée was very tasty, although the meatloaf was a bit on the bland side. I didn't taste any cranberries. The sauce was delicious, what there was of it. The meat needed more of it.
The lasagna was delicious. Our waiter's cheese suggestion proved serendipitous. Yum. My wife said she also liked the spinach.
The herbs are actually grown on the premises, our waiter told us. And indeed we noticed the beds of herbs in the grassy area by the front door.
As the tables around us filled up, the noise level escalated. The dining areas are not designed to absorb sounds.
An enjoyable meal, with excellent food and service, albeit not in a relaxing environment.