Just got back from Santa Barbara and had the pleasure of dining at this new, not officially opened, spot. I walked in not really expecting much from the food as it seemed like it was all about the atmosphere. Very stark and white with white leather couch/beds with tables sticking up instead of booths ("couches"=bed). Definately seemed like a scene. I was so surprised by the quality of the (for now) very limited menu. I had my children with me so we vacated our table for the patio. The servers were very accomidating and brought us a muse buche while we relaxed and had our drinks. It was delicious...asparagus foam on top of a carmelized ginger and pineapple? ravioli. This got me really excited for what was to come. The flavors were really well balanced. We shared three different items from the limited menu; a mushroom stuffed ravioli, lamb, and chicken. They were all excellent, but what really stood out was the chicken. I really thought no more could be done with chicken and was not inclined to order it, but the server insisted. What a great reccomendation. Very tender white meat in an outstanding chardonnay cream sauce topped with a mixture of diced carmelized vegetables and nuts - I really can't do it justice from my description. I really just want to reccomend this place. I eat out constantly in LA, and ws so surprised and excited to have such an interesting and delicious meal in Santa Barbara. The chef insisted we try a sampling of desserts as well. They were truely inspired. He described the ingredients to me - a chocolate souffle with 8 different spices for one - but they were so different and good, I can't even remember all that was in them (sorry). Wine list was good too, and more importantly my red by the glass came out at about 65 degrees - delightful. The consulting chef is there for about 3 1/2 more weeks so try to get in while he is still there. I will be looking for his new place in LA when he gets one.
Thank you for the write-up, it sounds great.
Can you describe the atmosphere a little more.
Was the place not appropriate for children?
Is there a bar area?
Not sure what it will be like when the full menu is in place. Now about $25 per item. We had three entrees, two kids pastas they made to accomidate our kiddies, complimentary small taste of dessert, four coctails/wine, and two sodas for about $150.