Although I live in the neighborhood, I had dismissed this restaurant as some sort of Magic Pan Tea Room. I was wrong. Had a truly inspired meal this past weekend and plan on returning soon and often.
Starting the meal was an amuse bouche of some fresh slaw type mixture on a toasted baguette. Good, not great but a nice way to start a meal, never the less.
Next up was Baked Argentine Empanadas for me and French Onion soup for my partner. Didn't get a taste of the soup (it was gone before I could ask) but heard it was excellent. The empanadas were light and flaky and the meat inside deliciously seasoned.
My main was the Moqueca de Peixe. A shrimp, mussel and clam stew in a coconut and cilantro broth. The broth was an amazing combination of flavors that didn't overwhelm the delicate seafood. Very well balanced and satisfying.
My partner had the Sage Roasted Chicken Breast. Neither of us usually order chicken in a restaurant but this was something special. Again a wonderfully complex broth. Brussel sprouts, fava beans and herb seared breast with a great crunch on the outside and moist on the inside.
My partner did the 3 course Prix Fixe (menu says only available mon-thurs but our server said it could be ordered any day) so, for desert, the Dulce de Leche crepe. I'm not big on sweets but this was good. Really good.
The service was great. Very friendly and helpful. Some good wines at a good price and a small but attractive room.
With the new chef from Eastern Standard in the kitchen, I'd put this right near the top of my J.P. faves next to Ten Tables. It's that good.