We went to Christopher's for the first time this weekend and I really enjoyed it. Does anyone else from the board like this place? I really like this style of food, not really sure what to call it, a contemporary version of French food with West Coast influences?
Regardless of how to label it, there is a bunch of stuff on the menu that I love. I had the duck confit salad with aged truffled goat cheese and sherry-infused cherries beside mixed greens. The confit was a thigh piece with crispy skin and moist meat, nicely done. I had a Ponzi Pinot Noir from Wilamette Valley that was a good match for the the dish. My wife had the steamed mussels in white wine, a well executed version of a classic preparation with sausage, tomatoes, fennel and onions in the broth with a side of herbed grilled bread. She had a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile that was quite good. We also got a side of their truffled fries, tasty and perfectly cooked.
I loved sitting at the kitchen bar and watching the open kitchen working as a professional and efficient team, handling issues with poise and decor. There's something reassuring to me when the kitchen appears to be running well and it all results in high quality food combined with good service. I think there is something to be said for experience, and to be able to maintain such high standards for what seems to be so many years.
People don't really talk about Christopher's that much lately, is it because he's been around for so long or do people not go there or don't like it? Curious to hear others' experiences there, if people like it as much as I did.
edit: I did find tucked away in another thread from this past spring some talk about it, dapuma is not a fan, but hohokam and rube are. Anybody else wanna weigh in?