Last night I went to Pili.Pili with a friend that was in town. I've been once before, maybe November of last year. We wanted to try Frontera Grill but when they quoted us a 1h45min wait (with like 2 couples standing around - come on, give me a break) we decided to leave. We walked over to Pili.Pili who seated us immediately.
I was surprised at how empty the restaurant was to be honest. It was later, approaching 9pm, so that is part of it I'm sure. Last time I was there it was a full house though. At any rate the service was top notch, the wine list has been slightly improved though I still think it is just an OK list. They started their new menu yesterday and the choices were excellent. Also, I should note, one thing I like about this place is how it is warm and inviting yet modern and crisp looking. If you go with just 2-4 of you, request a booth when you make a reservation.
We split the oyster appetizer which was a half dozen beautiful meaty oysters served with a champagne mignonette sauce. Lovely and unusual.
I had the pepper tuna which had just the right amount of peppercorns to add to the tuna but not distract. Served with saffron risotto and some veggies.
My friend had duck with a honey and lavender glazeuce this was delicious. Truly a nice combination and the hints of lavender were just right. It was served with a spinach crepe filled with camembert - SOOOO good.
For dessert we spilt a chocolate chip pain perdu with crème fraiche ice cream. Wonderful is all I can say just lovely.
Anyway I give Pili.Pili a thumbs up and have been twice with excellent food each time.
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