We celebrated our anniversary at Cortez on Friday after giving up on the reservations system and personnel at Quince (I called Quince for reservations twice, waited a considerable time, and then got a dead line both times. I told the manager, expecting an apology. Instead, he informed me that the telephone system worked very well, it didn't do what I described, and I must have done something wrong!)
No problem getting through to Cortez for reservations. It's a fun place, with lots of creative small dishes. We started with the foie gras and orange terrine, followed by the frisee salad with smoked trout, apples, avocado and fingerling potatoes. The foie gras was very good. The salad was exceptional. This was followed by pumpkin crusted halibut, date and mint crusted lamb, and short ribs. They were all good, but we ranked the lamb highest, followed by the short ribs and then the halibut. For desert, we shared a chocolate carmel tart with chocolate brioche pudding and Chimay ice cream. My wife commented that the ice cream tasted like beer and, sure enough, we learned that it's based on a Belgian ale. The chocolate tart and pudding were very good, but the ice cream seemed like an interesting idea that didn't quite work. Total check was just over $100 including one glass of wine and tip, which seemed very reasonable. We probably ordered one too many main courses. Only negatives: The restaurant was quite noisy on a Friday night and there were some long waits between dishes. Overall, we really enjoyed the dinner and the opportunity to taste so many small plates. With good choices like Cortez, there's no need to patronize restaurants that don't appreciate customers.