Incredible tasting menu experience at Blackfish this weekend. The appetizer courses were off the menu (striped bass, foie gras and smoked salmon/fried egg), and the entrees were not (veal with trumpet mushrooms and squab two ways). The cheese course was a wonderful mild blue with beet marmalade, and dessert was chocolate deliciousness with pistachios and fleur de sel. I am swooning just thinking about it.
Everything was fantastic, and with the exception of one particularly long delay between appetizer courses, the service was great as well. My one gripe was with the bill. We did the seven course tasting menu, and therefore spent $180 on food. I was very surprised to see a $2 corkage fee. First, I'm not sure if it was written anywhere or not. I honestly can't say I paid a lot of attention. And frankly, I know $2 is not alot of money. However, at an upscale BYO, I was surprised, and a little insulted at this charge. Is this a common trend that I have missed in the area? I can't say I've seen a corkage fee at the other places we've been going. Have I just not paid attention?