Gosh this place has good food.
Arrived around 6:30 yesterday with a party of four to eat in the bar area. As usual, the place was mostly empty, although by the time we left (around 9) all the tables in the bar at least were full. Do people still not know about this place?
I think our server must have been pretty new. She was friendly and helpful but this was not a typical server I've had at Dedo or Gargoyle's -- usually our servers are relaxed, friendly and extremely competent. She neglected to get us silverware, checked in too often about ordering which made us feel pressured, included meat in a platter we ordered vegetarian, and forgot one of our dessert orders. However, I'd rather have that kind of bad service than rude service so it wasn't a big deal.
We were sharing everything and ended up ordering the following:
two bottles of Villo Prosecco sparkling wine ($22) which was very nice, served with chilled flutes.
The pick plate ($13) which was delicious -- especially liked the duck prosciutto, the orangey olives and the cheese. I wish they gave you more bread though -- you always run out before the plate is empty.
The potato gnocchi ($12) which I'd read about on this board as a must-try -- and it is. Melt in your mouth little pillows of potatoey yumminess in a really nice sauce. Again wished we had more bread to mop up the sauce.
The stone baked pizza, ($10) served with no cheese for our vegan, and they added pesto to it because of the lack of cheese. This was light and crispy and really, really good. Definitely enough for one person's meal although since we shared I wanted more!
There was a carrot soup on the dinner menu which they said was now a corn soup, which the waitress said was "one of the best items on the menu" so we ordered it. I'm not a huge fan of cream soups but the corn was a nice sweetness against the bits of mushroom and other herbs included. It was ok.
The ravioli with beef cheeks was also decent. The ravioli was a little more on the al dente side than I like but it had a nice flavor and was obviously carefully handmade.
Halibut on the dinner menu was served with "peeled grapes" and "endive braised in lemonade" and was some of the best fish I've had in a restaurant. Tender and well flavored with a good contrast of flavors.
I was most excited for dessert although I guess my expectations were too high. I've read so often about the handmade chocolates and the "salted caramel" one. What they brought out was disappointing: four milk chocolate truffles with ganache and one white chocolate with the same ganache. Number one, it was boring having all the same flavor even if the quality wasn't bad, especially since even the waitress said they were different flavors (later when we asked she said it was hard to tell the difference between the kinds and that they weren't marked in the fridge). The second problem is the fridge -- why the hell are you serving refrigerated chocolates? Yikes. We also ordered a chocolate espresso fudgy yummy thing that I can't remember the name of, which came with delicious espresso ice cream. This was also served colder than I would have liked, but it was a delicious and very rich ending to the meal.
So a few glitches, but when I'm still thinking about good the food is the next day, I'd say that is a good meal. I feel like both Dedo and Gargoyle's are pretty much a sure thing -- I always know I'm going to have a good experience with a friendly setting and delicious food at reasonable prices, even if it isn't perfect. It's just a great value and consistently good experience.