I'm very glad that we went last night...it was a lovely restaurant and exactly what we were looking for. I'll give you the good and bad of the evening...
The cream sauce on the oysters (more on this to follow)
Pistachio gelato (icey, gummy, with mealy pistachios...tasted old)
I got their signature appetizer (fried oysters with spinach in a Pernod cream sauce). The oysters were small, but absolutely delicious. The cream sauce, however, was a very unpleasant surprise. It tasted like it was made with sweetened whipping cream. The dish would have been delicious except for this, but 12 hours later, I'm still traumatized. The server said that it was sweet because of the Pernod, but it doesn't make sense to me. I've cooked with *a lot* of Pernod and never had it make the dish that sweet. It literally tasted as if someone had added sugar. The whipped cream served with the gelato tasted exactly like the sauce. Maybe someone got something mixed up in the kitchen.
Hubby had pancetta and escargot bruschettes, which were lightly fried in parsley oil and served with greens. It was very good, although the bruschettes could have used a drizzle of something.
I got black bass with braised leeks for dinner and hubby got a whole grilled rockfish with fried capers and roasted red peppers. Both were absolutely delicious.
Incidentally, it's very rare that I go to a restaurant where the entree outshines either the appetizer or the dessert. Usually, it's the exact opposite.
Very nice selection of wines by the glass. I wish that their bottled beer selection was a little more extensive though(my husband can't drink draught beer...it gives him migraines).
Overall, a very pleasant experience and I expect that we'll be back. Thanks for the recs!!
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