At the risk of sounding like I'm a relative or something (I'm not), I have to once again extol the virtues of Marigold Kitchen.
We were there for dinner last night, and the adjectives that come to mind are "exquisite, outstanding, heavenly."
This time the risotto appetizer had a "clam chowder" theme, and was wonderful. My husband was sorry he hadn't ordered it as an entree - until he had his entree.
The smoked trout and avocado salad with golden beets and grapefruit was a dream fulfilled for those of us, like me, who love smoked trout and avocado. The smoked trout salad had been stuffed into the avocado; every bite was a delight. The white tuna crudo was refreshingly delicious. (We all tasted each other's food.)
My husband claimed that the wild striped bass was the best fish he'd ever had. My wild king salmon with boulanger potatoes (a crispy potato cake) was perfectly medium rare, as I had ordered it. The mushroom smoked paprika tagliatelle was fabulous; al dente, great flavor.
My husband refused to share a dessert, so I got to eat my own bittersweet chocolate tart with smoked paprika and sour cream gelato. The chocolate in the tart was still warm, and the crust was crisp. The small dollop of gelato was just enough to cut the sweetness. Al had the pernod creme brulee - what a flavor! The friend who had the coconut tapioca with carmelized pineapple loved it.
Portions are not large, which I think is good.
This is not a place to take your meat-and-potatoes friends; the chef is a talented artist, and uses offbeat combinations that really work.
If you haven't been there, call, make a reservation, and go. Weekday evenings, especially early, are a good time.
Maybe I'm overselling this place. Form your own opinion. But we've never been disappointed.