Having been alerted to this restaurant by other chow postings, we planned a stop for dinner during our recent road trip. We had no trouble finding it by following the directions on the website.
We arrived just as they opened at 5:00, and were given a table along the dividing wall with the bar.
They've done a great job with the space, considering it's in a shopping mall. The windows allow in light, but the window treatment blocks out the cars in the lot outside. The large mirrors on the wall add to the sense of space, and the open kitchen is a plus for me-I always like to watch the action.
Having just finished my stretch of driving, I decided to celebrate with a well-made Kir Royale. We started with the poached oysters with smoked bacon--a generous helping of oysters in a rich broth (ask for a spoon) that was very tasty...I had by now switched to a lovely chardonnay from Cinnabar. My wife had the mushroom stuffed crepes, which were also delicious, and a little filling. She was nursing her pinot noir from Veranda.
For mains, we had the beef short ribs, served with celeriac remoulade. Now, it's true I've seldom met a short rib I don't like, but these were prepared just right, and the celeriac was a nice touch, cutting through the richness of the beef (yes, I'd moved on to a Haut-Medoc...have I mentioned I hate driving?) My wife had the grilled pork tender. I especially liked the cornmeal cake that came with it, and the great saucing...this cut of meat is not my favorite, and I wasn't wild about it. Since we were by now planning on dessert, we decided to stop halfway and take the rest with us to eat another day.
We finished off with the lemon cake, which had a nice bite to it. We had something else, but we just can't remember what it was...I know I liked it.
By the time we finished (the credit card slip shows 7:16), the place was packed. I'd also note the great painting of the chef hanging on the back wall (towards the restrooms) and the beautiful bar. All in all--this is a great place-nice vibe, good food at a decent price...it makes you forget you're in a mall (until you get outside.) It's now on my "midwest" list, along with my beloved Tallent in Bloomington.
Thanks for the prior posts, chows.