Took out of town guests to Clio on Saturday. We were seated almost immediately, despite being a little early for our reservation. Our server, Christopher, was excellent - knowledgable in the food and wine. He easily answered our questions about the menu and was provided perfect service.
The food was excellent - I had a sweet corn soup for starters and then moved on to one of the specials of the evening - suckling pig served two ways. The first was roast pig, with a slice of crackling on top. A simple reduction sauce was served underneath. Beautiful. The second was three ribs, done in a wonderful sticky sweet and sour combo that was absolutely out of this world!
However... our evening started off asking about the tasting menu... and we were disappointed to learn that it was not being offered any more that night since the chef had run out of special ingredients! We were so disappointed, especially since it was only 6:30 in the evening... we were able to move on, but not without envious glances around at those doing the 12 course menu. And then, I asked about their green tea pearls... and they were also out of that!!! On a Saturday night!
We will be going back to Clio (when we have saved up for the price - our meal was over $500 for four, all with apps, entree, dessert, wine, and coffee) and doing the tasting menu... with the reservations stating so! No complaints about the food or service though, as it was a great meal overall.
It seems there has been a "taming" of the menu since our last visit about a year ago. It is a little more conventional, without the wild and creative pairings that used to show up and why we loved Clio in the first place...
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