Didn't see a dedicated thread for Liquid Art House, so I thought I'd start one. Went last night with my wife. It is a stunning space, with large art pieces around (all for sale!) the restaurant. We had hoped Dan (ex-Hawthorne) would be behind the bar, and we'd sit there, but he wasn't working, and the bar was crowded (at 6:45), so we took a table. The tables never completely filled all night. Drinks were stellar, I had the Street Art cocktail, and my wife had a scotch concoction. Drink prices were high, only one that I saw at $12, many were $14-16.
Food prices are uniformly high. I had a small piece of duck confit (3 inches square, and 1/3 inch thick)($17) with a small micro green salad that had three garbanzo beans under blue cheese and micro greens. My wife had the app portion of the cheese dumplings ($17) which were excellent, though there were only 6 tater tot sized dumplings with cheese and accompaniments.
For entrees my wife had the rotisserie half chicken ($25) and a side of pureed potatoes ($8) as the chicken came only with a small salad. I had the black bass with clams, turnips, and something else ($35). It was a relatively small piece of fish, and most problematic was that I got a healthy portion of the blood line which I removed (way too fishy for me), and something I expect not to be served when I'm paying $35 for the dish.
Dessert was some sort of amalgamation of blackberries and chocolate ($16), with many different textures and such on the plate, but which never really came together as a cohesive whole. My wife had 2 glasses of rose, and I a glass of red ($15 each), and I had coffee (OK), and she had a cappuccino. There was some confusion in the staff as they wanted to give each of us a free glass of dessert wine for some delay in service that we never noticed or complained about. However, a server we hadn't seen all night just came by with 2 small glasses explaining that they didn't have a certain dessert wine, so he was bringing us a different one. We explained we hadn't ordered any dessert wine, only to have a different server return it to us to say it was on the house for the aforementioned, never noticed service lapse. All in all, we enjoyed most of the food, and the cocktails and space are top-notch, but the prices were too much, especially considering the serving sizes (and I don't have a huge problem with smaller portion sizes, generally). With tip it was $250, not a good value for what we had. I would like to try the more reasonably priced bar menu, but won't be rushing back. Unless they drop their prices, I don't see this place surviving too long, especially with so few tables filled on a Thursday night.
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