Husband and I went to Tempo, lured by the $29 prix fixe 3 course menu. The decor is what first strikes you - black and white cow print booths with red cushions. Very plush, comfortable and hip. Music is cool, not intrusive. Menu limited but we had no problem choosing something. i went with the prix fixe - beet salad with pistachio - a tad heavy on the vinegar for my taste but still delicious - the rib eye - a little too much fat on the plate but tasty - and the potatoes - finely diced and flavorful. I chose the pecan bar for dessert. It arrived on a caramel sauce with a small scoop of ice cream. Yummy.
Both the owner and his father visited our table at opportune times for chats. the owner previously owned and operated La Fleurie in town, which was rated the number 1 restaurant last year. He sold it to open Tempo for something less stuffy and more fun. I'd say he got it. Oh, and FYI, he worked with Ducasse in Paris. Not shabby credentials.
My husband ordered from the regular menu. He had a salmon (ceviche or crudo or capaccio, cannot recall). It arrived in a martini glass. In the bottom and gracing the top was beet gelatin! Inventive. Then there was a type of savory avocado pudding with the raw salmon in it. Not only was it striking to the eye, it was delicious. He then had the wild mushroom tart which was beautifully presented, like a deconstructed pot pie almost - and excellent in flavor. Husband had the house chardonnay which I found to be flat, but he was happy with. I had a glass of prosecco, a cocktail of which I cannot recall the exact name.It was light and summery.
I would highly recommend this place if you want something different among the myriad wonderful cville restaurants. It is pricey unless you go with the prix fixe. Our bill came to $91 with tax which did include 3 alcoholic beverages. We really enjoyed our visit and will definitely go back.
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