saturday night 7pm with 5 women
empty when we arrived, packed when we left
sat in the back room, only 3 tables with seating for 6 each, in a large space, WHY?
there is also a second bar in that room- not used.
good looking space, and when we left, tons of people enjoying drinks outside by the pool.
decor,noise, comfort B+
our amuse bouche - a little shot glass of parsnip, radish and asian pear was SO vile smelling, I couldn't even taste it, but my friends thought it was BAD
apps- we had the crispy yogurt- delish, tastes like a fried log of goat cheese (thats a GOOD thing); warm squid salad -very tasty; butter lettuce salad- light and with fresh herbs; and the squash ravioli with rock shrimp- i would have loved this as a main- it was a GREAT combo!
mains- 3 of us ordered the New York steak, I would have liked to try the lamb, but the sauce and sides sounded disgusting. 2 had the crispy skinned ocean trout- it was pink fleshed- isn't that Steelhead?
anyway- the mains were both outstanding, I could have licked the plate of my steak.
the menu online is not the same as we had-, so I can't recall what the sauces were.
desserts- OK, we had 4 desserts and all were bad-
a deconstructed "sundae"- ice cream with an amaretto FOAM on top, a deep fried banana, a chunk of fudge, a weird marachino cherry
a white chocolate bombe- a clump of white chocolate with lime curd on the side- OK , the lime curd was tasty
a poached pear- with the MOST disgusting ice cream- pinkish and flowery, a fried pastry packet with rice pudding inside and a sauce that tasted like a combo of tamarind and date- in a BAD way
and a creme caramel served with caramel corn- that was the best, but nothing I would want to order again
the service was inattentive- the waiter was hard to get, never refilled water, etc
they did a good job of using 2 busboys to present all the diners at the same time.
But here is the reason I would NEVER go back-
one friend specifically ordered her steak medium rare and asked for it to be served HOT,
when it came, it was not hot (none of our mains were....)
she called the waiter over and told him
and he asked if it was OK if he brought it back MEDIUM !!!???!!!!????