Wednesday night prix fixe: Had the "pave" of roasted beets, heirloom tomatoes and fresh goat cheese to start. Remarkably flavorful, with bright spikes of citrus and red onion and a strong vinaigrette to balance the soft beet and chevre flavors. Metropolitan Bakery bread, interestingly cut in quite small bits, just right, with emphasis on the crust. Good olive oil (I still like butter better on bread, can we have that next time?).
Entree was scallops with uni vinaigrette and cucumbers. Scallops done just right, slightly under, and the big surprise was three pieces of very fresh roe. The cucumber salad was a bit subdued and could have taken a bit more punch, my opinion; the scallops and roe would have held up fine.
Dessert was peach pie, with a perfectly undersweetened and lightly whipped cream, fresh plum slices and the oddly ubiquitous peeled mandarin slices that showed up on all three of my plates. Peach flavor was lovely and rich (maybe the peaches were roasted?) and sweetened with a very light hand, but ever so slightly disappointingly done with filo dough rather than a regular short pie crust. I think I might have chosen differently if I'd known it was not "real" pie.
Be aware that by the time I ordered, at 7:45 p.m. many of the more popular selections were already 86'd. Dessert choices were similarly limited by the time I got to them (I guess a strategy would be to put your dibs on a dessert at the start of the meal). Terrific value for $25, all in all a meal worth the trip. Go early.
(As a very minor sidebar: the neighborhood is fine, very University City, but the casual ambience and the BYOB apparently put off my date so badly that he actually walked out before I got there and never came back! The waitstaff made me feel just as comfortable as you can imagine, and I had a fine dinner.)
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