For some reason Tablespoon has been off the radar (at least my radar) but we went last night with a gift certificate. We were very suprised and impressed by the quality of the food and service.
We started off with the nantucket bay scallops on some kind of corn/vegetable puree, and the ceviche with avocado soup. Both were outstanding. I was really impressed with the flavor in the ceviche, in particular- just the right amount of lime. The scallops were also great - they're small, but there were quite a few of them, and the puree was fresh and delicious as well.
Our main courses consisted of the pork tenderloin and the mushroom and leek tamales, both of which were delicious. The tamales had no masa - instead, they were wrapped in leek leaves and tied with chives, served with chard and sliced potatoes. Incredibly flavorful. The pork tenderloin was also fantastic - superbly cooked and served with roasted veggies. Really top notch.
For dessert we shared the warm homemade cookies (snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, and macadamia nut) and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUM.
It was so relaxed, friendly and quiet in there. It cemented our desire to never go out in the city on a weekend, and stick with the weeknights for adventuring to new places. Two serious thumbs up for this spot. It's at Polk and Vallejo (next to the Royal Oak Bar, which is a great place for a pre-or post-dinner drink).