This was a special anniversary dinner. We arrived late (which is probably not the way to go to a restaurant with one seating a night). We were led outside, around the block, to an old house with a surfboard on the porch. Next time we will arrive early we thought. Inside the house were five groups seated around three tables. They called it the romantic section, and it was certainly quieter and romantic, but next time I would like to try sitting in the main room where the cooking is being done. I think they have recently switched from two seatings a night to one and have just opened up a second room to allow for more guests. When Colin came in and explained some of the history of the house and that his kids were born here, it made everything right.
Clearly, this place is about more than food. Colin is the reason that the experience is so special. He came in a number of times, including at the beginning and end, to explain the courses and to bring a sense of welcoming and thanks. There are five courses and we included the wine pairings. The food is a work of art. It is beautifully presented. The combinations of ingredients and sauces is sensational. The courses included a beet soup, cauliflower with pesto, tamale with mole sauce, coconut ice-cream with cacao and black lava salt. It is fantastic food whether you are vegetarian or not. As a reviewer said earlier, you are filled, but not overly stuffed as can be the case at many restaurants.
Calling this a restaurant does not seem accurate. You have a chef friend that has invited a group of friends over for dinner. Colin puts his heart and soul into the food. Enjoy the experience. We will return again (on time).
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