OUr search for 'open on a MOnday' led us to Fond. On my list
to try for quite a while. For me the best omen was difficulty in deciding on an appetizer and a main--so many intriguing choices.
When our talented waitress offered a few suggestions the dishes
she mentioned leaped ahead of the some of the others, but in the end I stuck with my first choices and was rewarded.
The grilled sweetbreads with preserved sunchoke, almond and puffed grains were over the moon good. The surprise was what wasn't mentioned: agridolce sauce that held it all together; the other surprise were the delish little black specks that must have been
the puffed grains. Best sweetbreads I've even eaten, and a generous portion for an appetizer. My main was also perfection:
branzino 'en croute' with clams, artichokes crispy rice cakes and spiced tamarind sauce. Disparate ingredients, but they held together and brought enjoyable character to the delicate fish.
Sweet desserts did not grab me, and the cheese plate on slate while
attractively presented with almonds, fancy bread and a lovely preserve fell flat in the sense that the local cheeses featured couldn't hold a candle to French cheeses. Next time I'll opt for the lemon tart, but ask them to hold the licorice.
Decaf cappuccino perfect, as was the gracious unobtrusive service.
Quite a meal for $60, but next time I'd go for the tasting menu at $75. with one more course, and almost full choice off the regular menu. A tip: try for the quietest table in the house: in the front
window. There was a floorboard heater; it was a little chilly,
but not a bad trade for the privacy and peaceful sound level.
A lovely evening, and I look forward to coming back.