I took two friends to Ubuntu for lunch today, birthday celebration and a delightful one at that. We arrived at 11:30 am, and they looked like they weren't even open...in fact, the girl who came to talk to us wasn't sure they were, yet! But, they were happy to seat us anywhere we wanted. In the bright light of day it was aboslutely gorgeous, the space is vast and open, the yoga studio is above and behind the kitchen, barely noticeable. The Heath plates are beautiful, the couches and chairs very comfortable, the service was great. It did fill up around 12:30 or so, and by the time we walked away from shopping nearby around 1, it was packed.
We all ordered Blue Botttle Coffee in various forms, and they were perfect caps, or coffees. We were informed that the dishes were all shareable in size and two per person were a good amount. We ended up ordering 6 dishes between the three of us and it was maybe one too many, but a good way to get an idea of the kitchens' talent. We started with star lettuces in a honey red wine vin, and also roasted potatoes and fennel. The salad was light and delicious, with a few pecans crumbled into it, the dressing was delightful, though it was a bit heavy for my taste. The potatoes were cooked perfectly and the fennel shaved on top. It came with a green sauce (possibly parsley). It was a nice dish.
For our mains we had the grits with roasted brussel sprouts and a sweet mustard. The grits were creamy and wonderful, the brussel sprouts the highlight, and the mustard a nice addition. We also ate a pizza with kale and nettles, we asked them if they could add an egg, and they gladly did. This was delicious. The spice was good, the kale and nettle came through, and the pizza was cooked nicely. Not the best pizza, but a nice one, nonetheless. The third dish was roasted veggies with farro. The farro was toasted, which always adds flavor. The veggies (baby carrots, sprouts, parsnips?, and something else) were cooked well, but underseasoned. And the accompanying butternut squash sauce/puree didn't really match, too sweet. The fourth dish was the cauliflower roasted in the wood oven. Served with four thinly sliced toasted baquette slices, and in a Staub miniature dutch oven...there were several colors of cauliflower, cheese and butter...can you get any better?
Oh yeah, the won my heart with Racer 5 IPA on their menu....and it's in a bottle!