(Credit to French Connection replays for title of post)
Answer: Mostly, yes.
A fresh look - my first visit...
Ambience: The garden patio is a fantastic space, probably my new favorite in the area. Dim lighting hindered some diners, but hand-held lights produced on request. Chairs cause a little ache in the back by the end of two hours.
Service: On this night, near impeccable, starting with the hostess on down. "Off" wine replaced at bar - friendly, a tad slowly paced, but appreciated not getting rushed.
Carrot puree with spice blend
Grilled calamari served more as a cool salad
Salad with thin crisps, balls of cucumber and melon
Lamb with fava bean moussaka
Duck shawarma with beans in rose/cardamom yogurt
Almond cremolata with warm chocolate panino -
Camomile teaser with poached peach with camomile creme brulee - Just realized we never got a brulee! Was placed on a shortbread cookie instead and were not told of substitution. :(
04 Grenache, Chateau Pesquie ‘Terrases,’ Cotes du Ventoux, France 9 - Initial glass had sour aftertaste - admitted day old bottle and opened a fresh bottle (and I am no wine spectator, but S. and I could both tell it was odd...)
05 Syrah/Tempranillo, San Alejandro ‘Baltasar,’ Calatayud, Spain 8 - Quite fine.
03 Chenin Blanc, Benedicte de Rycke ‘Cuvee Louise,’ Jasnières, Loire Valley, FR 39 - Perfect for summer evening. Stood up to meat.
French press for two.
Overall: As a whole, it is a fantastic dining experience. The food was competent, and the spicing very ambitious - It is not a place I would take my folks - they would not enjoy the "flavor profiles" whatever that may mean, but you catch me - The sum of the parts made it, however, highly enjoyable.