Was a little worried after reading the disappointing reviews from a few days ago since two of us were taking a friend there for the tasting menu for her b-day. The b-day girl was very happy and my only complaint was that it was too much food. I also wonder if someone read Miss L's complaint about the soft shelled crab entree cuz it looked more like a fish n chips plate last nite served with tons of fries and cole slaw from what I could tell at neighboring tables.
Anyway, we had a nice sampling of the menu. Pate, fried oysters, salad w/ rabbit confit, wild salmon, Chinese box, duck duck goose, blue cheese cheesecake w/ caramalized onions and banana bread pudding. 8 courses instead of the advertised 7 and not a clunker in the bunch altho I'd say the salmon and pate were the least exciting. Perfectly fried oysters (tho I wouldn't put goat cheese w/ them), interesting salad w/ a nice vinaigrette, cheese, cherries and nuts, a huge shrimp w/ rice, chinese vegetables and some beef in the box, rare goose breast w/ duck confit and foie gras which is where I should have stopped. The blue cheese w/ figs and onions was good, would make a great appetizer, but was pretty heavy at that point as was the banana bread pudding. Which was tasty w/ choc. chips and a dulce de leche sauce but even being a huge bread pudding fan, I would never have ordered that for dessert after so much food.
Good shiraz, martini and pinot grigio. Decent bread but very tasty bread sticks with good olive oil (they gave away leftover loaves of bread at the end of the nite). Nice room, about 7 other tables out on a rainy Tues. There's a bar with 8 stools that would make a perfect solo or snacking stop. Server was good altho I got sick of answering how every course was. All in all, the $50 tasting menu is a deal and a half and Evoo will get my recommendation every time.