We had a 12:15 reservation for lunch today. The room is quite beautiful. Good service, just enough attention without feeling like someone was hovering.
3 courses included a choice of (I hope I'm getting this right!):
Corn soup with yukon gold potato salad
Beignets of cod with sundried tomatoes, pistou and fried basil.
Poached chicken with shaved fennel and grape tomatoes
Salmon over mushrooms and peas with truffle oil (or something, these are all really rough descriptions)
Plum sorbet with whipped cream served with a mint leaf and in a martini glass
The corn soup was tasty, smooth and creamy, served just warm (?) but the "potato salad" was a small handful of potato cubes in the soup - I had pictured that coming as more of a structured salad placed in the center of the bowl. The beignets were firm, perfectly round fritter-type balls, light yet full of cod and presented nicely over sundried tomatoes with a fried basil leaf on top and framed by the pistou. The chicken dish was very plain and my friend was disappointed. To me it would have had no flavor if not for the shaved fennel. The salmon was good, cooked nicely - not rare but not dried out and too flaky - and served over of a few mushrooms and some peas. Nothing special at all. And none of the food was hot. We also ordered the steak tartare appetizer off the menu to share. It came served with a quail egg over the top and criss-cross house made chips layered with watercress on the side. The texture of the meat was smooth and creamy but we thought the flavor was overpowered by the chips. My friend thought this tartare was the best she's had in a while, although I prefer the special I tasted at Perdix last week, which my friend thought was too salty.
Certainly a quality meal for the price of $20.03, but nothing about the food would make me want to go back, which was disappointing. For me, the best course was the dessert, followed by the beignets and then the tartare. I kind of left wondering why they bothered to participate. I would have preferred having just one GREAT course, so maybe that just means I'm not the restaurant week kind of girl? I wonder if it's too much to ask to be thrilled for only $20.03?
At the end of the meal they did give you a gift certificate for $20 to be used towards dinner any time starting in September, which was a thoughtful surprise.
Via Matta is Thursday and I'm still hoping to be thrilled anyway.
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