We got a chance to check it out last night. As expected, the views are spectacular and great no matter where you are sitting because of the wall-to-wall windows. We came after sunset and the lights of the city were lovely. The atmosphere was very loud, not so much because of the music (ranging from classic 70s rock to non-descript lounge-y beats) but because everyone else seemed to be shouting.
Our server was friendly and attentive - I noted her frequently eyeballing our water glasses even if she was attending to other tables. Dishes come out fast from the kitchen. We were seated at 8:30, ate a lot, and were out by 10:00 (but were not rushed to leave).
Cocktails were aromatic and lots of fun:
- Dram and Basil: Johnny Walker Red, Cassis, cranberry, gingerbeer, Thai basil leaves – great kick from the ginger, lovely mix of flavours, especially with the basil leaves at every inhale.
- Becky with the Good Hair: Grey Goose, orange and carrot juice, coconut water, lemon juice, allspice syrup, charred rosemary – the smoky rosemary scent with each sip was remarkable although the other flavours didn't come through as much
- No Swiping: Casamigos Blanco (tequila), pineapple syrup, maraschino, blue curacao, Peychaud’s (bitters), mescal spritz – we asked to replace the tequila with mescal, but they wouldn't because it was pre-mixed. Still pretty good and quite strong
- Sangria: Santa Carolina cab sauvignon, Briottet Banana, lemon juice, St. Remy, orange Juice – I wouldn't have thought to mix red wine with crème de banane, but it really worked; the banana stayed on your tongue after.
The food is all small plates for sharing. The flavours were all good and the execution was generally precise:
- blistered shishito peppers with chorizo, tortilla crujiente – very nice, crumbled chorizo was very smokey, tortilla was like bread crumbs on top
- beef tartare with pecorino, emulsified egg (like a partly solid yolk), pickled chilies, potato chips, and a little salad under the pecorino - substantial and delicious
- braised beef tostada with lime crema, pickled onions, queso fresco, pickled chilies, cilantro – supple braised beef on a crisp flattish tortilla, very lime-y
- fried chicken, with sweet tamarind sauce – expertly fried boneless pieces (quite a large bowl) and separately-fried pieces of skin, not oily tasting, and a tangy sauce - some of the better fried chicken we've had in some time
- caccio e pepe arancini on pea purée – three small hot balls on a fresh and light purée
- chili spiced pork meatballs with whipped ricotta, fresh oregano, fried bread – great combination of cumin-y spice with the oregano and tomato sauce (like Indian meeting Italian) and perhaps our favourite dish
We only had space for one dessert, so we had the profiteroles with orange creamsicle filling – the pastry could have been better, but the filling was fun.
Pretty great all-around and a neighbourhood spot we'll return to. Total bill $185 including tax and tip.
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