Salts: First class service and the food came close
I find really good service rare enough to be worth mentioning when we encounter it. Salts was lovely, from the reservation phone call through the waitstaff at the meal. Welcoming, informative and attentive. One of us has celiac and the staff was wonderful helping her choose what would work and making adaptations. L'Espalier and ESK are the other two places where i've had routinely good service but most other relatively high end places have been idiosyncratic: good nights and bad ones. The wine list is very attractive: reasonably priced with some bargains (like the 1995 rioja gran reserva for 90.00) Four of us shared two excellent appetizers and, consistent with good service, sharing was easy and everything was beautifully plated. We had sweetbreads in a yummy molasses based sauce and a lovely beet salad with paper thin apple and a smoked yogurt dressing. The amuse bouche was a carrot consomme with tea foam and lemon grass (I'm kind of guessing a bit on the ingredients here) and it was light and a nice starter. Two of us shared the lavender honey roasted duck and here the consensus was the duck could have been more crisp though the meat itself was tender and the baby vegetables excellent. Two had the sea bass with hedgehog mushrooms and chick pea crisps and were very happy. Two shared deserts: an excellent chocolate truffle type cake with bergamot ice cream and a very good creme brulee with tangerine sorbet and tarragon macaroons.
We liked the room, could hear each other talk, and will definitely return.