The Bad: The renovation is a rather stark monument to drywall. It is also very loud. We waited 30 minutes for the first appetizer, then thirty minutes for salads. Then my wife's appetizer came, thirty minutes later, with her main course.
The Good: The food. Very, very good. From the wild mushroom and goatcheese ravioli appetizer, baked oysters, and garlic habanero salad dressing, to what may be the best vegetarian dish I have ever had, which I can only describe as a wild mushroom (with black trumpets)and roasted vegetable crepe-like (but not a crepe) construction that was nothing short of perfect. My wife ordered a pork dish, which she didn't eat because the Oyster appetizer filled her up. Cardamum creme brule and flourless chocolateb cake with strawberry's for dinner.
The wine: Nice wine selection with a number of Spanish and Portugese reds, french and german whites. Almost all available by the glass.
The waitstaff: although the pacing of the food was slow, I can't blame the waitstaff. They merely brought the food when it was ready. They were friendly, without that grovelling for a tip, nose to hiney, demeanor that ruins many a good meal.
The crowd: nice, eclectic group, as you would expect from the neighborhood. some in coat and tie, others in tshirts. In other words, come however you're comfortable.
All in all, very much worth going back . I'm sure they'll iron out the small issues.
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