Had "Valentine's" dinner Saturday night at Marigold Kitchen. What can I say that has not been said? It was superb. Food was excellent, service was professional yet still warm and friendly and REAL stemware! The ONLY thing I could even remotely complain about is it isn't the prettiest of rooms, but I got over that in a hurry once the champagne flutes and apps arrived.
Hubby had the venison carpaccio, I had the golden beet risoto. Both were fantastic, but mine wow! We all but licked the bowl (I was kind enough to share). Yum. They also offer this as an entrée sized portion and were I a vegitarian this would make me very very happy. For entrees he had the Coffee braised lamb and I had the black cod with sea urchin emulsion. Both were succulent. My cod was a nice size piece of the most juicy flavorful cod I had ever eaten. His was soooooooooo good and so differnet that my only complaint was that the entrée wasn't double the sized (it wasn't small, we just could have kept eating it :)). Desserts were an interesting pumpernickel bread pudding and a desert that I remember being excellent (I remember liking it more than the bread pudding) but am totally blanking on.
In addition to the food, we had the best waiter, he was always there when we needed him but didn't "hang" over us. He even handeled a group of 5 "girls" who showed up with a big bottle of ocean spray and a fiji bottle filled with vodka with the utmost aplomb (laugh all you want but my friends did the same thing on nye 2004 at matyson and although I was mortified they handeled it gracefully which was reall really nice).
Very nice and appropriate stemware for each type of drink we brought, which was such a nice change (only small complaint there is that no ice bucket was offered for our champagne). The manager Jonathan was kind enough to stop and chat with us before we left, and seems like a really great guy. They didn't "rush" us at all it was a nice leisurly dinner, I never felt pressured to leave. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this evening.
77+tip was the total, and no it's not "cheap" and certainly not in our price range for every day dining, it felt like a bargain for a special occasion or the occasional "treat" considering the quality of the food and service.