finally got there tonight. yes, it ends up being a bit pricey but as long as you know that going in - it's pure gold. it's bar stools but spacious and comfortable ones......it's crudo, italian tapas, tiny plates....but the most divinely tasting pieces of fish with unusual yet welcome accompaniments. we started with effingham (sp) oysters with a bit of preserved lemon etc - so briny and deep and rich. kumamoto oysters in a light sauce of various tuscan fish......less necessary but extremely interesting. fluke with baby chanterelles, leeks and sea salt, orata with chives, lemon and... kampachi, tuna in a sea urchin emulsion, diver scallops with smoked sea salt - dishes came with bits of ginger oil or hawaiian lava salt, or some simple but thoughtful combination or herbs, oils and acids......two bottles of wine for two people so less memory at the moment - an altesse that was a great start and then a rose from oregon that was suggested by our host, never would have ordered it but it was crisp and delicious and a perfect second accompaniment.
the tastes were strong, rich, light, evocative of the sea and exotic harbors that one usually just dreams of. a nice little escape from the everyday with genial service and surprising, unusual and delicious rewards.