Been there twice now. I'm a fan.
Dinner last night with the fiancee was very good, if not ground-breaking. First of all, I am extremely impressed by their small but excellent wine list, which is so well-chosen that there can only have been a real wine-lover behind the scenes. Lots of great wines by the glass and bottle at reasonable prices. Thornbury Savingon Blanc, for one -- one of my favorites among the ultra-hot Marlborough sav. bls. -- can be very hard to find. Villa Maria is another winning Marlborough on the list. Great summer wine.
But, I digress. I started with a tasty (if not hot enough) corn and potato chowder, which, when bolstered by some salt and pepper, was delicious. Not the knock-your-socks-off corn flavour that this type of chowder can sometimes have in corn season, but a nice balance of flavors, instead. Next, I had tuna carpaccio. I can't remember what it came with. Some kind of crisp-fried wafer or cracker, and maybe seaweed salad? Again, tasty, if a little short on flavor.
The highlight, if you can believe it, was the fiancee's wonderful Cobb Salad, which put to shame a recently-sampled version at Zon's. So many good ingredients. Chicken that was grilled to perfection --- not dry at all. And, all the usual suspects, lettuce, corn, avocado, and tomato. The difference-maker, however, is the world class Roquefort, which pleasantly permeates the whole dish. Great stuff.
A great causal pub atmosphere, too. Fun place.
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