Had a great girls night at Daedalus on Saturday. (We decided to give it a shot after abandoning our quest for Tex Mex, for those of you who were helping me last week.)
Four of us walked in at around 8 o'clock and were seated immediately (only one table available though so it may have been a fluke). Bread basket contained slices of baguette with AMAZING soft butter. Shared nachos and proscuitto pizza to start. Pizza was excellent, with oven-crisped parmesan, carmelized onions, and a bechamel sauce to accompany the proscuitto. Nachos were below average - not enough toppings and dry, overtoasted chips. I found it odd that they were on the menu, but then I kept reading - the menu is mostly new american higher end type fare, but with some bar standards like nachos, boneless buffalo wings, fish and chips, and burgers thrown in. This was great for our party - we had one very traditional non-chowhound with us, who really appreciated the more familiar options!
I had the seared salmon, prepared with artichoke hearts, capers, roma tomatoes, and garlic, over mashed potatoes and asparagus. Perfect. Others had lobster ravioli, marsala braised pork loin, and pepper crusted swordfish. I didn't try anyone else's but all plates were cleaned!
Shared cheesecake and "chocolate explosion" for dessert. The cheesecake was average. The chocolate thing was incredible - one of the best chocolate desserts I've ever tasted. At first glance it looked like the ubiquitous molten chocolate cake thing. Hockey puck shape, scoop of ice cream on the side. But the texture was incredible - a cross between pudding and cake. And the chocolate flavor was dark and rich.
Service was great, from the host to the waitress. Atmosphere was perfect for our purposes - slightly swanky (think Gargoyle's in Davis), but our table was closest to the bar without actually being in it, so we were able to get a little rowdy too.
Food plus two bottles of wine plus tax and tip came to $192. Definitely worth it, and I will go back.