Chow-friends, get there...get there now. St Paul Susie told she'd been there and enjoyed it, and I am telling you - this place is PHENOMENAL.
It has a very warm and inviting feel, the neighborhood restaurant vibe - candle, linens -- I met three girlfriends there at 6:15. We got sat immediately -- the crowds seem to come closer to 7. Various groups - couples, a couple with a 6 year old child, a group of women celebrating a birthday - a whole mix.
Girlfriend had a certificate they'd won from a silent auction. Manager I believe? Came over and gave us our options. Chef could prepare a meal for us with wine pairings - we could order straight off the menu....so we chose our protein and had them do the rest as a surprise.
Course 1 - white asparagus over roasted red pepper and a delectable, light puff pastry leek tartlet.
Course 2 - Beet salad (more salad than beet- but with goat cheese, toasted walnut vinaigrette, and caramelized half pear.
Course 3 -I HATE SQUASH...but I guess now I love it. One piece of hand made pasta rolled in a circle and filled with autumn squash and marscapone, onion confit, oyster mushrooms and a thin layer of sherry sauce. I COULD EAT THIS AS A MEAL.
Course 4 - half poached salmon with frisee and fennel with slivered potatos underneath. this rocked.
Course 5 - Protein - girlfriends ordered the bison steak (I don't eat red meat) - they said it was AMAZING. They said that it was the right amount of chew but was smooth like velvet. I ordered the cornish game hen with fried polenta. Oh man..this is what hen should taste like.
Course 6 - Vanilla bean ice cream and a small pumpkin souffle-ish thing. I don't like pumpkin either. Oh wait, I ate the whole thing. I guess I did.
Wine pairings were spot on - service was knowledge, quick and polite, water glasses continuously getting filled, continuously getting new silverware but you didn't really realize that there was anyone even interrupting your conversation...
People - get there now.