My wife and I went to Pumpkin (1715 South Street) Sunday night after walking by in the afternoon, chatting with the hostess and making a reservation. What a fantastic addition to the neighborhood! For those who don't know, this (BYOB) restaurant was opened just last week by Ian Moroney, formerly chef at Little Fish, and his girlfriend, Hillary Bor. We loved the restaurant and our experience there, and I really want to see them succeed--so here's my writeup.
Bread came first--Faragalli, served with basil-infused olive oil with olives. I love faragalli bread, second only to the bread Django makes and serves, so this certainly kicked things off right.
We started by sharing a scallop appetizer--three large, perfectly grilled scallops over lentils flavored with beets, surrounded by slices of sweet onion that had been pickled/infused with cherry vinigarette. Delicious.
My wife had provencal fish stew, served in a generous bowl with mussels, halibut cheeks and a couple of other types of fish, served with a grilled/toasted piece of bread which was dressed with a typically French remoulade. This was delicious, and the saffron and ouzo flavors were subtle, not overwhelming.
I had seared ono dressed with chorizo butter and served over a very creamy polenta. Perfectly cooked and delicious.
Sadly, we didn't have room for dessert, but saw some of them coming out of the kitchen and they looked great. I specifically recall a homemade shortbread cookie topped with raspberries and cream.
As you can see, the key is imaginative flavors. There were some non-fish items on the menu, but I can't recall what they were, as we went specifically for the fish.
We loved it and can't wait to go back--highly recommended. But please don't make it impossible for us to get in, a'la Matyson!