I've been meaning to get here forever, and I'm glad I finally did --last night's dinner was excellent.
I love this place --it's tiny and filled with the energy of patrons and staff --diners enjoying their meal --a staff of 4(?) cooking and seating people and serving. You can see the cooks in action (which I always enjoy) but more importantly, what they're cooking really is delicious.
On Wednesday nights, they're serving their 3 course, $25-prix fixe meal. Order any app, entree and dessert for $25. An amazing deal..one I hestitate to promote too much as it was packed in there last night --we got there at 6:45 and it was pretty much full, and stayed that way till we left which was after 9. It's interesting though, I don't think you have the option to order anything a la carte --ie, if you're not hungry enough for all three, and just want, say, an entree. I guess they figure there's very few people who won't take advantage of the deal and perhaps it's to discourage sharing btwn people. Regardless, it was really all excellent....let's see if i can remember the highlights:
--app :garlic soup: filled with the intense, sweet flavor of garlic (which is probably exuding from my pores today, but so worth it)
:others at the table ordered beet salads, which they all pronounced delicious
--entree:homemade pasta special of the night. this had chunks of tomato, basil, cockles (tiny clams), and pancetta (tho i can't really remember tasting that), sprinkled with mint. clearly homemade tagliatelle, interesting mix of flavors, beautifully presented and quite tasty.
:roasted chicken w/pine nuts, raisins --they do something to this chicken to sear the skin so it's crispy and buttery and absolutely delicious.
:bluefish, served atop a red pepper puree: phenomenal...i'm always leary w/bluefish as it can be fishy and if not prepared well isn't my favorite. this was exceptional.
--dessert: chocolate terrine: rich, with a dollop of thai basil ice cream (tho i asked for coffee ice cream and they said yes..) really intense coffee flavor, clearly homemade, not too sweet, ....with a sprinkling of sea salt under the ice cream, perhaps to bring out the intensity of the flavors? it worked.
--lemon tart: perfectly refreshing and flavorful after this huge meal...
We ordered 2 bottles of a california pinot noir, perfectly good with our meal. Service was friendly and fairly effecient...though we did wait a while in btwn courses. Understandable though, as it's clear this small staff is pumping out 3 courses for each person at these "ten tables"....
Anyway, I really enjoyed our experience here. I think the $25 prix fixe is an amazing value and I'd certainly go back any day of the week for a meal here. Looking forward to that, in fact.
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