Got the chance to try this newer spot in Alameda. Just opened at the beginning of 2021. I remember them doing a prix fixe NYE to go meal that looked great. Not the kind of restaurant I ever thought I’d find in Alameda but I’m so glad it’s here. The island needs more adventure like this.
So many hits, especially from the Bites section that consisted of smaller three to four bite options. Great way to try a ton while still loading up on apps and mains.
Charentais Melon Gazpacho w/ Jamon Serrano - This gazpacho came out whipped. I didn’t ask specifically how but damn it was cool and more substantial than a foam.
Serpent Cucumber ‘Sunomono’ Salad w/ Togarashi and Oregon Bay Shrimp - Bright kinda spicy salad and wonderfully vegetal at the same time.
Salt Spring Mussel Escabeche - So simple, just the mussels in escabeche broth. Grab them with a toothpick.
California White Sturgeon Caviar (Made by the Chef Team) w/ coddled egg, chive creme fraiche and toasted pain de mie - Delicious
Mixed Greens Salad w/ Burrata, Dates, Sunflower Seeds, Bee Pollen, Honey Vinaigrette - The dates really added a lot to this salad. I love dates and don’t eat them enough.
Lightly Cured Mt. Lassen Trout w/ Red Flame Grapes, Rice Crisps, Serrano, Shiso, Miso, Avocado - The grapes were my favorite part. Overall I never find these kinds of dishes too exciting but it was solid.
Heirloom Tomato Soup w/ Brioche, Maine Lobster, Truffle Coulis - I am always down for tomato soup during tomato season and this was everything I wanted.
Seared Duck Liver w/ French Toast, Black Mission Figs and Maple - We all enjoyed the hell out of this.
Roasted Dry Aged Ribeye w/ Fondant Potatoes, Broccolini, Cherry Tomatoes, Sauce Choron - Rich, savory and wonderful
Olive Oil Poached Albacore Tuna w/ Clams, Fregola Sarda, Fennel, Saffron and Pine Nuts - I love fregola and fennel and totally enjoyed this dish.
Rosa Bianca Eggplant w/ Quinao, Huitlacoche, Mushrooms, Collard Greens, Gypsy Peppers - A real favorite for the table because we all love vegetable forward dishes. I kept coming back.
Confit Duck Leg w/ Golden Corn, Duck Liver Mousse, Yorkshire Pudding and Fresh Plum Sauce - I’m always down for duck and this was a beautiful highlight. Really loved slicing off a piece of the Yorkshire pudding and piling everything into one huge bite.
Phyllo-wrapped ‘Locarno’ Brie w/ Honeycomb, Red Walnuts, Pink Lady Apples - Damn I love brie. Wish there had been a bread component of some sort.
Eclair w/ Strawberry, Pistachio, Creme de Violette - so lovely and the dough had such a beautiful chew. I could have just eaten the dough.
Manjari Chocolate Pot de Creme w/ Hazelnut Brittle, Blueberries, Chartreuse Chantilly - Those blueberries though!!
A treat from the kitchen
Little chocolates filled with fresh cherry from the owners (I think) garden. Someone on the Alley & Vine team, from their garden. A lovely ending.