First impressions -
-The menu seemed much tamer than years past, perhaps an attempt to mollify squeamish palates?
-The wine pairings were great...especially the sweeter numbers.
-There were two salad courses served, which struck several of us as rather odd
-The fish maw soup was intensely fishy and included no visible maw but several inedible bits; this course did not go over very well
-The tripe and blood cooked in a lamb's bladder smelled of urine but thankfully didn't taste of it, though two of our group couldn't stomach the cooked blood
-The candied cockscomb dessert was astounding: we could have all finished second portions, perhaps because the rest of the meal hadn't been very substantial
-Coffee was strong and free of charge
-Overall evaluation from our table: B-