We had another wonderful experience at Dish last night. We had a 7:00 p.m. reservation and arrived to find the restaurant almost full. It stayed virtually full till we left at shortly after 9:00 p.m. The entire staff was, as we have experienced before, very friendly and helpful. As I have also said before, we love the decor and the vibe of this place. Now, on to the food.
As those who have been or read reports on this board know, Dish specializes in small, tapas-like plates, with a few of the dishes offered in a larger size as well. A 7-course chef's tasting menu of the small plates was offered for $40 and they will pair wines by the glass to each course for $25. We have had the tasting menu before (but not the pairings) and it has been excellent. Last night, we decided to order ourselves and we liked that, too. All dishes below were very good to excellent unless otherwise noted.
Fresh Anchovies grilled whole, grilled romaine hearts, spiced caesar drizzle.
Oysters oven roasted, spicy "dynamite" sauce, brown butter breadcrumbs. (Fantastic!)
Artichoke roasted and carmalized, lemons, balsamic reduction, caper aioli.
Organic Quinoa Cakes seared, tomato eggplant ragout, artisan delice d'argental (So good my wife said "I could make a meal of this!")
Blackened Oyster shooter, spicy Skyy vodka bloody mary.
Shrimp creole dusted, grilled, white cheddar grits. (Dish's take on an old low country favorite, shrimp and grits, and another one you could eat by itself as a meal.)
Colorado Angus flank steak grilled, Julia Child's classic French marinade, rocket, artisan Humbolt Fog chevre.
Pork tenderloin, all natural, brandied fuji apples, organac kasha (buckwheat).
Panna cotta -- fresh lemon vanilla bean cream, organic sucanat sugar. (Very light, tasty and a perfect finish for this great meal.
Once again we left feeling like we had experienced something special. It is certainly different than anything else I know of in the valley. Great concept and great execution.