thanks all. i had a last minute lunch there yesterday and was in and out in about 1.25 hours. there were two of us, with 2 courses each and a shared dessert. we didn't rush but did pay promptly after finishing.
the complimentary first dish was quail's egg with asparagus and rosemary salt, candied grapefruit and some sort of bacon sipping soup - quite the revelation for both my girlfriend and myself. the quail's egg was amazing - we had one of those moments where you put the food in your mouth and then realize a huge grin is spreading across your face - i was amazed by the array of different but complimentary flavors in that one bite - we looked at each other and all we could do was laugh in joy. the grapefruit was also great. the bacon miso soup was too salty for me, though my gf liked it.
i had tuna ribbons to start - high quality tuna and a delicious dish - fairly generous in portion size. my girlfriend had goat cheese ravioli with beet butter sage sauce - good also but the butter flavor reminded a bit too much of popcorn butter flavor - i found that hard to get past.
for the second dish i had the crusted cod (i was looking for a lighter dish overall). the fish was so tender and juicy - so good. my girlfriend had gulf shrip with avocado and chilli sauce - tasty as well.
we split a "citris" desert which was good though the little cake that came with is was tiny. with the marshmellow, macaroon and chocolate treats at the end though, it was just the right amount of sweetness.
we left well sated but not overly full as is often the case. later in the afternoon i kept remembering the flavors from the meal - always a good sign. my girlfriend says its the best meal she's ever had, and i think a large part of that is because of the variety of small treats they give you, from the opening dish to the treats at the end - tiny morsels all but with great flavor making it seem like you've feasted mightily but without feeling like you've gone to excess. she ended up buying a gift cert to the place for her father's upcoming birthday (we can only hope he'll decide he should take us!!)
i'll definately be back.
Lets see, 2 courses w/desert...1-2 hours, depending on how fast u eat. They don't rush you.. They can get you out sooner if you let them now you have time constraints.
Dishes. Butternut Squash Soup, Scallops with Rasin Emulsion (sp?), Foie Gras Brulee, Tuna Ribbon, Thyme/Garlic Soup with Frog Lets (they do taste like chicken)..I think that covers it for the winter menu for my palet anyway.
P.S I am going next week for lunch. I am leaning towards the BNS soup and the Foie Gras.
Oh, the menu is layed out as such: lighter dishes to heavier ones.
Agree with the recommendations, with the addition of uni on black bread, sweetbread and squab. As for the foie gras brulee, they updated the condiments that come up with it all the time, and while l liked the one with strawberry and balsamic, I was only partial to the one with pistashios (the latest version I had). The wine gelee was perfect though.
All the desserts were excellent! That's the hardest part to choose!
It took me usually 2 hours and may be slightly more, never less than 1 1/2 hour though.