here are the long and hairy food details only (there are pictures and more about the restaurant itself via link below)
both the regular and bar menus are offered in the main dining room. bar-style is my favorite way of eating (that's why i like tapas, small plates, dim sum, and uh, martini olives), so with a glass of very yellow pinot grigio (i swear, he must have accidentally brought me a chardonnay), i was tempted to order 3 things from the bar menu. everything sounded so good, and from my not-so-subtle stares at other people's tables, it sure looked good, too. after what i saw in the bar, i wanted to order the french fries, different types, including sweet potato, with different sauces. how amazingly perfect for me, but i stuck to my "no fancy french fries" motto and looked instead at deep fried baby octopus. it sounded strangely like an a.k.a. for fried calamari, which i love, but i think "baby octopus" scared me off. i played it safe with the medallion of braised short rib, which was so falling-apart tender, that the server was right when he said i could use a spoon. but the spoon only for the meat, not the paltry puddle of sauce at the bottom of the deep plate. i wish there had been more of the sauce - served up like a proper braised dish.
everything else is from the regular menu. italian parsley and escarole salad with prosciutto and burrata cheese was good, but the dressing on the greens was a bit bland for my taste. roasted asparagus was also good, and i especially liked the garlic sauteed greens underneath, which others may think were too salty, but perfect for me! i typically don't order salmon in restaurants, and would have chosen the john dory, but the roasted white salmon was something new. is it a different breed, or just bleached regular salmon? i don't think i really want to know. regardless, it sure tasted alright (for salmon), as did the greens and tiny potatoes underneath, though i could have added more salt to them, too.
on a side note, the 3 types of bread on the table sure were good. i wish i had asked if they baked them in-house (doubtful) or where they sourced them. the perfect olive bread baseballs were chewy-licious. the other two - roasted garlic baked into one, and the other plain, were alright. i could have been perfectly content ordering another glass of wine and enjoying the evening just gnawing on the olive bread.
nothing on the dessert menu really jumped out at me, except the blue sorbet, which just stood out as something i wasn't going to order. i'd just rather have something richer, sweeter, and much less figure-friendly. i glossed over chocolate pudding, peanut butter tart, pear clafouti, and others before finally settling on the apple "sticky bun," an interpretation of apple pie a la mode. it is a whole peeled and cored apple, stuffed with nuts and something that felt like small pieces of pasta, baked, and served with vanilla ice cream and caramel. it was sweet and drippy, so i most certainly finished every last bite, but i doubt i'd order it again.