Per Scott's request, here's a review of my first time at Iris ...
In short, I loved it. It was exactly what it was supposed to be ... a neighborhood restaurant with really nice food. Susie and the hostess were both at the door greeting people. Although I observed a pretentious waiter at another table, I didn't (thankfully) experience any of that (although our waitress at first had an accent and then lost it as the evening continued). I like my food sans attitude.
I had the foie gras to start, and it was served properly hot (unlike at Aurora). I was horrified to see the woman next to me let her foie gras sit while she finished her soup--so so wrong! It wasn't the best I've ever had, but it was very good. Served with candied kumquat rind and syrup, and a salad of mache, etc. I don't generally like candied citrus rinds because of the bitterness, but these were quite nice.
Had a taste of the goat cheese stuffed dates from the bitter greens salad--lovely cheese.
Both my friend and I had the tenderloin, and after every bite I heard cries of "OMG this is so good!!!" And it was ... Perfectly tender, with perfectly caramelized cippoline onions and carrots and demiglace. Heaven.
Dessert was the weakest course (as I find is often the case), although it had its good points. Had the hazelnut brown butter cake (good) with chocolate-hazelnut mousse (I should admit I'm not that much of a mousse girl). What was supposed to be quince was pear, and what was supposed to be ice cream wasn't frozen and didn't melt--I guess it was another mousse. But the toasted hazelnuts were perfect.
Pace was good, service friendly and knowledgeable, food memorably good--all in all, quite a nice experience. My friend (a different one than originally planned, more of a foodie) was very pleased with my choice as well--so two thumbs up.
If I were going to complain about something, I might have to mention the signage--it's a bit difficult to find if you don't know where it is.
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