After how many years, I finally made it for birthday dinner. It proved to be a lovely evening.
In no particular order, things I enjoyed about the experience.
It is nice to have a restaurant that doesn’t require a constant parade of small bites. The 3/4/5 course options OR tasting menu option is excellent. We chose 4 courses each. This also helps with choosing from the immense wine list, as one can actually choose bottles or half bottles that will work for a couple of courses.
It is nice to have a restaurant that keeps it classy, and makes an effort to do so. A restaurant where you can have a conversation at normal speaking voices with great service and the patrons are presentable and well-behaved, without phones constantly flashing - what a concept.
The wine list was really something, and at all price points. There were plenty of excellent options in the $50 to under $100 range to make the restaurant accessible when one doesn’t want to spend $1000 for dinner.
All that said, I ate:
(1) Bufala stracciatella, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, olive bread, pinenuts
(2) Potato ravioli, Caciottina di capra, smoked guanciale, and charred spring onions
(3) Maine lobster with saffron, artichokes, quinoa, Hen of the Woods mushrooms, and parsley
(4) Bourbon-caramel semifreddo, Amaretti crust, chocolate, and caramel sauce
They also brought out a few amuse to start as well as an extra small birthday dessert plate, and then a mignardises cart.
Everything was lovely. It is not a “wow” but just a lovely delicious perfectly-executed meal.