I went to Thor last night and can say that everything about the evening was excellent.
My boyfriend and I started off with a 30 minute wait for our 10:30 reservation, but this was atoned for many times over. First, sommelier Aldo came by as soon as we sat down to offer a lengthy apology. Then, our server offered an apology and our first 2 glasses of wine on the house. He went way above and beyond the call of duty when he had the kitchen bring out 2 complimentary cold appetizers we hadn't even ordered, the kumomoto oysters and white tomato mousse. The oysters, topped w/tuna and sturgeon caviar, tasted like the sea. The white tomato mousse was light and delicate, at the same time that it packed a very complex flavor. Excellent.
For warm appetizers, I ordered the squid ink pasta, and my boyfriend ordered the gnocchi. We ended up sharing these b/c we couldn't get enough of either pasta. The pillowy, rich gnocchi were some of the best I've had. The delicate squid ink pasta was topped with tender pieces of squid, tomato, and fava beans. Perfect.
The entrees were slightly less exciting for me than the 2 excellent starter courses, but they were great nonetheless. Some of the magic of the poached lobster my boyfriend ordered might have been lost on him and me b/c neither of us is a huge lobster fan, but the lobster was so tender and perfectly sauced that I can easily pronounce it one of the best lobster dishes I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. I ordered the halibut at the suggestion of a fellow chowhound. This was served over celery and topped with mushrooms. The halibut was delicate and clean-tastinging. I would have preferred a little more umph in the taste, but I really can't complain.
Dinner ended with the chocolate lollipops for my boyfriend and the snicker bar for me. I really enjoyed the snicker bar, but not half as much as the chocolate lollipops. These are basically deep friend chocolate on a stick, and that tastes every bit as good as it sounds! I didn't like the malted shake as much--slight chemical aftertaste, but otherwise, a perfect dessert.
I can't end this review w/o giving credit to the staff for 2 other aspects of the night. Soon after we were seated, a drunk guy and his buddy were seated next to us. The drunk guy, of course, made a spectacle of himself all night, from pretentiously thumbing his nose at the menu (sample dialogue: "can I get the salmon lasagna, only can you make it w/meat?" Server: "how would you like your meat?" drunk guy "twice the size of his.") to cursing at the bus boys and complaining that none of them spoke English (which, incidentally, wasn't even true). Despite horrendous treatment, the drunk guy's server (who also was our server), was patient and gracious. When drunk guy asked for a manager, she also came out and patiently reasoned w/drunk guy until he shook her hand and momentarily calmed down.
And, the highlight of the night: being escorted out of the restaurant by Kurt Gutenbrunner himself through a back door so that we wouldn't have to go back out through the crowded bar area.
I can't wait to go back!