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Dax | Nov 7, 2003 09:48 AM

Stopped in last night with a friend to share an appetizer and entree. Fairly empty at 8:15. The service was excellent, our waitress was there but not intrusive. Very clean restaurant, ambiant music not too loud. Decent decor. There is the main dining room and the bar area with the bar and 4-5 tables. We ate in the bar room at a table.

They need to beef up their wine by the glass selection and their beer selection is kind of weak but it seems more of a wine place anyway.

We split "The Pick Plate" which had figs, beets, cheese, grilled bread, porchetta, grapes, oranges, and a chunky hummus. The hummus was excellent a mix of pureed and whole garbanzos with a slightly spicy aftertaste. The porchetta was very tasty too and luckily I got to eat it all as my companion is a pescetarian.

She had a glass of white wine that I didn't try but it didn't go unfinished. I had two beers. I managed to finish those too.

For the entree, we split the carmalized ricotta gnocchi with sweet apples, hen of the woods mushrooms and roasted squash (I have a copy of the menu in front of me). Normally I shy away from fruits in my pasta, but luckily this arrived with only cubes of apples sporadically placed on top of and around the pasta. not intrusive, the apples and the squash served as a fine compliment to the gnocchi. The gnocchi was excellent, close if not on par with the gnocchi at Sage. The mushrooms were the perfect accompaniment along with the apples and squash cubes. Excellent carmalized sauce that was the perfect consistency and amount.

Total bill $45 pre-tip. Since this one is in my 'hood, I expect to return to try the entire menu.


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