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My dinner at Tavern

yogachik | | May 1, 2009 10:56 AM

First of all, it's beautiful. The atrium is especially wonderful, but it's important to request a table that's not against the back wall - every other table has big mirrors so no one is actually looking at a wall, unless you're in the back - where you'll stare at brick.

Menu is small - 6 starters, 6 entrees. Bar menu is a little more extensive, and both are available no matter where you sit. Bar menu is small plates, a la AOC. Main dining menu is Provencal French and similar to Lucques.

Main Menu: There's a french version of a caesar salad, a dungeness crab salad, and other starters, all around $15+. Entrees include a Beef Daube to die for (literally!) served with a tomato confit and pureed carrot, a mustard crusted Chicken that we wiped clean of the potato&leek side that came with it, and Pork Chop that my friend is still talking about. Also on the menu is Mussels/Clam and a Hangar Steak and Lamb. Sorry, don't know details on those, but everything is at the $26-$28 mark.

Bar Menu has 3 types of burger (turkey, beef, tuna), and many different small plates (we tried the cheese puffs - not the highlight of the night).

The "lounge" has reserved seating, and the bar is long (about 20 seats), most people eating at the bar. There are a few oversized chairs in a conversation area. I really think the lounge should be a lounge, and leave the atrium as the formal seating area. That bar crowd will soon overtake the diners. My only complaint is the choice of wines by the glass, it's an odd selection, but there are about 6 whites and 6 reds that vary from $8 - $15

For a first night, everything ran extremely smoothly, with the owners and GM's stopping by every so often to see how it all is. Everyone seemed very happy to be there, with every table gushing over their meal.