Our restaurant experience here was so good I almost was not going to report it for fear it would be over booked for our next visit.
But, let me say it anyway.
The little place is physical charming as is the staff.
When we arrived for our first visit we were told we would be sitting at a 'high' table, which at first did not make me happy because I thought of bar stool height. But if these were that high there was something about the chairs and table that made us feel even more comfortable than a regular height one. Great!
So on to the food.
Oh yea the service. Our server, Sheryl, was polite, friendly, funny and efficient. After taking our beverage order she began to tell us of the food and menu and advised, based on portion size, for us to share 2 appetizers for the four of us. We disregarded that since the appetizers sounded so unusual and delicious.
Our appetizers. Calamari, which is now common at restaurants. Here it was fried but the coating and size of cuts was different, tasty and like none we had before. It was served with a succotash, which I usually hate, but here the miniature lima beans and seasonings made it a taste treat. The fried Brie with raspberry sauce gently applied and accompanied by peach chutney was soooo good! The langoustine rolls were somewhat like Chinese spring rolls, but here with unique herbs, spices that made them different and really good. One reviewer claimed everything here just has an Asian influence to make it different. While there were dishes with that it was not everything. For instance the gnocchi appetizer. It was served in a white sauce with small chunks of goat cheese. I said they were as good as my mom's each piece would melt in your mouth! And the mixture of the sauce with the goat cheese and the pasta was an incredible experience.
Now on to the main courses.
Again, Asian influence? No and Yes. Italian influence oh yea. The manicotti was heavenly. My wife is known in our family for her's yet she thought here the experience was better! Another dish was meatloaf with I think a bourbon sauce. Again unique and the vegetables served with it - garlic smashed potatoes and succotash. Veal skirt steak which our friend had never had so tried. She was so happy on her choice. Finally, a fourth dish with an Italian influence but accompanied by the chef's creativity! Langoustine mac and cheese. Sheryl reminded me that the sauce was made with goat cheese (which I love). The pasta? Bow tie. Ingredients, langoustine and chorizo bits and all topped with panko to give it a crispy feel and taste. Oh yea also on top a small, whole roasted pepper. This was a heavenly dish.
Again our server was correct each of us took home probably half of our main courses.
Dessert? See photos.
There was a Kahlua and peanut butter cheesecake! And Todd's (the chef) unique yet true approach to tiramisu was absolutely fabulous! Its presentation made it equally good to view and taste.
All four of us enjoyed every mouthful we ate and drank here. And we each shared our appetizers and main courses since we are a curious food-loving group of people.
Forgot to mention we had a bottle of French sparkling wine accompany our evening and the price? $25 a bottle! The taste - light, bubbly with an enchanting taste not intense but still a delightful.
So bottom line. Chef Todd and his partner have a unique restaurant here and obviously hire and train their staff well. This was an overall very enjoyable evening for our taste buds, eyes and ears. And I loved the seating I thought I was going to hate.
If you enjoy Italian food with a level of creativity that enhances but does not destroy its heritage and other foods also creatively prepared some of which with an Asian influence OR if you just are looking for a tasteful evening go to this restaurant.
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