So, in my quest to bankrupt my public-interest-salary self, I went to Tibwin in downtown New Haven last night. We split a great bottle of pinot noir (although the one we wanted was out), and then had a bona-fide hit-or-miss dining experience. I had the tuna tartar to start, which looked like an enormous mound of tuna, and had excellently spicy wasabi sauce in a little moat around it, but turned out to be about half chopped tomato cleverly disguised to look like tuna; I wasn't sure how to take that, but I ended up not taking it well. My dining companion had the three-soup sampler, which was an excellent idea, and the soups were quite good--but they tasted very much alike. For an entree, I had ostrich, which was excellent--flavorful and juicy, accompanied by a really tasty squash puree and a good potato gratin; the only mystery was the weird liquidy sauce that developed on my plate as I ate, which I assume came from the ostrich slices, but was a bit mystified by. My dining companion had the potato-crusted sole, which was accompanied by blander side dishes, but was more successful as an entree proper.
Overall, not my winner of the week. But, since the chef seems creative, and since I think the prices are reasonable, I'll definitely give it another shot.