so I finally tried Foxtail-
the reservation policy is baffling- we called that day and they would only give us 6:30 or 10:30-
but, at 8:30 the tables were only half filled?
the room is beautiful- art deco/art nouveau, dark wood, comfy but SHORT leather chairs and settees. too loud music- got louder as it got later.
GREAT service- a pretty new waiter, but so friendly and un-pretentious.
delish drinks (at $15 per cocktail, they had better be) we had a pomegranate/cucumber refreshing drink, the Uva Bella- which tasted like the freshest gin-drink ever, and a blackberry- cognac drink which I would have saved for dessert.
they come around with a wine cart and will give you tastes of some of the bottles
starter- well, Chef Antonia sent out some amuse bouches
a fried kumamoto oyster that was fresh and light
a demitasse of french onion soup that was tasty, but may have been too rich for a full order
then we had the mussels- may be my new favorite- buttery and fresh herby and tarragony, maybe TOO big a portion- 50 mussels? I kept waiting for DH to finish more mussels so I could dip my bread into the broth.
oh, the bread- they bring you this fresh from the oven sourdough chapeau- yes a little roll with a "cap"- yum yum yum, but when you ask for another- it took 10 minutes because I think they really were baking them up to order.
OK, our other app was the tuna tartar which was fresh, but forgettable. go for the mussels!
then we split a pasta- we originally wanted to try the papardelle with lamb ragout, but were swayed to a special fettucine with summer truffles. Too heavy, and I guess I just don't appreciate truffles......
so for mains, we had the lamb loin with sunchoke puree, brussels sprouts and bacon- the lamb was tasty, the puree tasted like potato, and the brussel sprouts and bacon were outstanding.
we also had the sea bass with saffron cauliflower puree, romesco and beet greens. I thought the sea bass was too salty, but the sides were good.
for dessert we had the mixed berry cobbler with ice cream (fromage blanc maybe- I closed the menu page I was referring to) and the chocolate bread pudding.
cobbler- very good and full of fruit, ice cream was delish
bread pudding- a little loose for me, and not enough chocolate.
damage was about $250? including 3 cocktails and a $25 glass of wine
hope that was helpful-
I will be going back for my birthday next month
hope Chef Antonia keeps doing well on Top Chef