Went Saturday night for a late dinner. If there is a negative about this place it is that it is going to be a tough ticket to get in the future. Every neighborhood should have a place like this!
Ambience: Loved it. Comfy, you could get dressed up and go or go as you are. The meat counter had some cool stuff I wish I could have taken home, but we were heading out afterwards for drinks. Lots of booths, and good use of what could easily have been an odd space. Open Kitchen that didn't seem nearly as hectic as many restaurants. probably because most of his food requires longer preparations done previous to "firing".
Service: quick, non-intrusive. Waiter was knowledgeable about menu items. A requirement in a place like this where not everything on the menu is immediately familiar.
Food: If you have ever been to a Dai Due supper club or a Farmer's Market you know what you are getting here. Portions were generous and shareable.. Everything was really good and of course super fresh and hyper local. We had the cold meat plate (mouse and rillette were highly memorable). A crudo (can't remember the fish, maybe amberjack) that was maybe the shakiest item of the night. it was good but this town has so many dishes like this thanks to uchi that it just didn't stand out. Chorizo queso flameado a treat served in a skillet with the cheese on the bottom worthy of scraping out and putting on a tortilla.
Also had two deserts- poached figs and prickly pear sorbet. Complimented each other very well.
They also had a meat heavy supper club menu that a neighboring table got that i was definitely envious of.
All told with a few glasses of wine and a beer our tab was around $100. I don't know if that is soft opening prices or typical, but definitely a steal.
Menu changes often I imagine, so I look forward to going back often.
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