Three of us went to a relatively new restaurant called Swwets ond Savories on the 1500 block of W. Fullerton. Upon first look, this place looks like a casual neighborhood bistro, so I was a bit surprised at the relatively high menu prices - 14-16 bucks for some of the salads and appetizers, and entrees that ranged from about 20 to about 35 dollars. But the place is byob st least for now, so I thought the bar tab savings would make it worth a try. What a thrill to have made that decision!
Offered by our server but not listed on the menu was a "seven course" tasting menu which, given the hefty prices on the regular menu, seemed like a relative bargain at 50 bucks. "Seven courses" is in quotation marks because we actually received 10, each struggling mightily to be as marvelous as its predecessor.
Highlights (so hard to choose - it was all wonderful): Pan roasted scallop with pea puree and "toboko caviar" was a deliciously meaty, with the smooth and pure-flavored peas contrasted nicely by the crunch and saltiness of the tobiko. The grouper was thick cut and tasted richer and more buttery than even the best New England lobster. Kobe beef filet with I-can-still-taste-them truffled mashed potatoes was devine. Desserts (5 of them came out in succession!) were oh-my-god good. Meyer lemon tart was perfection. I am told the homemade truffles were as good as any in France but, unbelieveably for me, I was too full to try them by the time they arrived.
The room is small, quaint and comfortable. Servers wear jeans and button-down shirts, adding to the simple, casual environment that belies the complexity of flavors that await.
BYOB or not, 16 dollar appetizers or not, this dining experience is worth its weight in gold.