To me this was one of my favorites of all of the restaurants that we've tried. Not only was the food delicious, the service was quick and attentive and the ambiance was great. Also, being the craft beer lover that I am, they have an impressive selection of local favorites as well as an extensive wine and cocktail menu. But mainly, how can you go wrong when you start out with complimentary Mother Parker rolls with sea salt, served with butter mixed with bacon fat...yes I said it...BACON FAT!
One thing that I liked about the menu was that you were able to order half portions of pasta, which allowed us to sample more of the great menu items. I chose to start with the charred brussel sprouts which had a perfect char from the grill and just a hint of briny flavour from the anchovy juice but not so much that they tasted fishy. This was the case with most of the menu items. The skilled chefs seemed to know how to perfectly balance every ingredient on the plate.
Some other star items that we tried were the kale salad, the tuna crudo and the pillow soft melt in your mouth potato cheddar ravioli.
We all ended our meals on a high note with delectable desserts ranging from a breakfast inspired brioche french toast, a creamy but nutty Queen Elizabeth Cake and a deconstructed black forest cake, layered in a fancy jar.
Overall we all agreed that this was a successful dining club outing and were discussing must try menu items for a future visit before even leaving.
Definitely a must try if you are in the neighborhood - or worth traveling there if you aren't.
Stay tuned next month when our dining club visits BITE Burger House!