Walking in with a Groupon should not mean getting second-rate food, no? Well, it does. Instead of doing a full tasting menu, here you get a "Groupon Special", and by this I mean no compliment. Our deal was for "$45 for a French-Californian tasting menu for two (a $90 value)"; "tasting menus let diners sample as many as seven different items off the menu in one meal". It sounds like a great deal, right?
I'll say that an "amuse-bouche" is not a course, but is normally served just to ... tickle your taste-buds. The actual courses on the menu were two starters (risotto and escargots), an entree (fish, or meat for a supplement of 17$$!?!?!?!?!?) and a dessert (or cheese, for a supplement of 8$!?!?!).
The risotto was edible, but a far cry from what a risotto can and should be, its creaminess obtained by pouring cream in, rather than coaxing out the starch by lovingly mixing the rice and broth. Black truffles? yup. a hint of the black truffle butter from Costco?
Escargot and fish were ok. I cannot speak for the dessert as I foolishly went for the cheese.
Enough for the food. The restaurant is tiny, and has a charming atmosphere. We enjoyed speaking french, and discussing a bit with the staff. THere was a short delay in the service, so we had to wait for our table - had a drink at the (drafty) bar. O!O
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