The room gets loud as there are no soft materials to absorb the noise.
The bread basket was quite good, with about 8 different types of bread in there. It’s served with a tiny bowl of hummus, and there is olive oil on the table.
We saw the whole jamon negro Iberico displayed near the front door as we walked in, so we had to give it a try. It was nothing short of outstanding. It had a deep rich flavor and was so tender it almost melted in your mouth.
The meatball appetizer was so-so, especially when compared to the jamon. The meatballs themselves were moist and nicely seasoned. But the red sauce was unimaginative. And at $18 for six small meatballs, this was kind of a letdown.
The lobster bisque had a nice flavor, but was a little salty. It also had corn and white beans in there, which I hadn’t had in bisque before. Not bad.
The rigatoni with meat truffle sauce was rich and decadent. You can really taste the truffles. The pasta was not al dente as I like it, but it wasn’t overcooked either. I think most people would like this.
The short ribs were far from the best I’ve had. In fact, if I go back I will caution my party that it’s not as good as you’ll find elsewhere (Lucques comes to mind).
The whole wine situation is kind of a game. I read on the website that they only allow one bottle per reservation to be brought in. So I brought a 2001 Araujo Cabernet. Once we were there, however, the waitress informed us that if it’s on the menu, they wouldn’t cork it. She then dutifully opened the encyclopedia-sized wine list and informed us we were in luck. They had a 1998 and a 2002. So be forewarned, and maybe bring a backup. Or get the winelist in advance to make sure.
Overall, it was a very good meal. I will go back, although not often. It’s quite pricey. The above, not including the wine I brought, was $220 before tip. But in fairness, the jamon was $60. So if we didn’t get that, or if we got another less expensive appetizer, it would obviously have been less.