We visit Delray periodically and enjoy favorite old places but look for fun new places. Had read nice reviews about this one. Our first dilemma was seating. The dinner crowd was slowly showing up and our choices were outside the partly open kitchen, near the door or outside. We ended up quite pleased with our seat near the door. It was probably the most comfortable and most intimate of the choices.
My husband did not feel inspired by the menu at first and wanted to leave. He thought the seafood selections were limited and he was in the mood for seafood. Our waitress sent over the manager who convinced us to stay by saying any dish could be modified. In the end, that wasn't necessary and we had a lovely experience.
We had the grilled avocado and salsa appetizer. It's an entire 1/2 an avocado grilled with a tomato salsa filling. The smoked sea salt added an almost meatier flavor to the avocado. It was very delicious. We also had a crab cake with mustard aioli. Nice crab cake. The sauce gave it a pleasant though surprising kick.
I had Salad Nicoise with octopus. Loved it! A contemporary twist on a classic. The octopus was not sliced but came in large chunks. The presentation was on a rectangular plate and not a bowl. It was a lovely surprising dish. He had crispy snapper with rice cakes, baby bok choy and lemongrass broth. He didn't change a thing and loved his dish.
Everything we ate was somehow a bit different, creative and delicious. You had to taste some of the dishes and realize the description didn't necessarily do the food justice.
Our waitress was pleasant and attentive.
We are glad we went early. By about 7 on a Sat night the indoor seating was full.
In the end, we were glad we stayed. Lovely meal.
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