Went to 2941 Wednesday night for my b-day. Overall very pleased.
First of all, the setting is quite remarkable. As soon as you turn off Fairview Park Dr. you think you're at a country restaurant -- 2941 overlooks a fairly large, placid lake. On a cooler night the outside tables would have been packed.
The room itself is also pretty cool. The much talked about windows did let in a whole lot of light until the sun went down.
Service: the departure of the general manager the previous day didn't seem to have much effect on our experience. Service was well-meaning and energetic. Just one minor blunder: Mrs. W. asked one of the servers (we had sort of a tag team) about the two rieslings available by the glass. He said the Austrian one was sweeter and the J. Lohr was drier. She said "ok I'll have the sweeter one." When he came out with the wine (which they interestingly bring out in bottles and pour at the table) he said "uh, I made a mistake, this one [the J. Lohr, not surprisingly] is the sweeter one." She tried it and it was fine, but come on boys!
I had a couple glasses of a New Zealand sauvignon blanc by Cooper Creek that was extremely fruity, almost riesling-like. Very nice on a hot evening.
The vaunted bread basket: Very impressive variety of sweet and savory. I'm guessing some might be too airy for real bread mavens, but the flavors were good. Also, unlike some restaurants, the bread keeps coming until you tell them to stop.
Appetizers: Seven-layer smoked salmon dip was excellent. Very generous portion of salmon, topped with creme fraiche mixed with capers and bacon, along with some cucumber, tomato, and, uh, something else that makes seven.
Fricassee of asparagus and morels: Not gigantic but very intense flavors. Mushroom lovers will be pleased.
Entrees: Roasted monkfish with wood-ear fungus and some other stuff. I could have used a little more fish -- monkfish is not exactly a luxury ingredient (they don't call it the poor man's lobster for nothing). The wood-ears like the morels were full of fungus flavor.
Strip steak & short rib with a lot of other stuff: this is a winner. The short rib was as tender as you'd expect, and the steak was two large pieces -- and it was like buttah both in the cutting and the tasting.
Desserts: Passionfruit/mango soup with whipped yogurt and minted raspberries. As refreshing as it sounds.
Carmelized pineapple puff pastry tart with black pepper ice cream. In a suprise move i passed up the three chocolate cream pots for this and was quite happy. The somewhat odd-sounding ingredients blended perfectly. The candle was a nice touch.
Coffee was very good.
Expected lagniappes: Orange cotton candy, homemade marshmellows, and chocolate coated almonds. Can't really say anything bad about stuff like this.
Unexpected lagniappes: First they brought us a baguette to take home. Then chef Krinn came over to chat -- what a nice guy. This is someone who loves what he's doing. When we told him how much we liked the black pepper ice cream, he told us about some new ice creams he is working on, including lavender and rosewater/white chocolate. Then he gave us another baguette as a little b-day gift.
Total for all this including tip: $150. A fair price.
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