Saturday night took my husband to Rich Table for his birthday. It was our first time.
It's a very nice place. The atmosphere is down to earth and warm. The service was very good. Considering the quality of the food, the amount we ate and service the bill was reasonable (under $200 for 3 people including corkage and half carafe of wine).
Here is what we ate:
Their house made bread. Normally I don't like overly sour sourdough. But I loved their bread which was very sour.
Sardine chips. They were good but we didn't love them.
Porcini donuts. I loved these as did our friend. Savory donuts laced with porcini and served with creamy raclette cheese. They were my favorite dish of the meal. Husband thought they were ok but didn't love them: "they were fine".
We had two fish based appetizers. These were also highlights of thd meal:
Herring and buckwheat tart. Surprising balance of sweetness and cured fish. Excellent.
Cured hamachi. A very unique presentation, toped with popcorn and a tasty kiwi sauce.
We had three pastas. My husband loved the pastas. I thought they were very good but fell slightly short in the wow factor you get with really good pasta.
Bone marrow roasted cauliflower. This was a main course and was priced at $20 for a few pieces of cauliflower. Our least favorite dish of the evening. It seemed like something a coworker might bring to a company pot luck rather than a dish to be served in an elegant restaurant. Decent tasting cauliflower topped with marrow. The flavor of the bone marrow was completely lost. It reminded us of a dish we made at home the previous week, a broccoli with umami rich aioli and breadcrumbs, from the NY times. But ours was much better.
We had two desserts, the tres leche cake and chocolate torta. I am very picky about desserts. Both desserts were spectacular.