Mise en Place - Tampa
After two recent vists in too long, the food, service and artistry still remains TOP of the food chain in Tampa. First recent meal we sat at requested window table facing south as it was a Saturday night and wished for a quiet, conversational meal - and it was. 'Get Blitzed' tasting menu with excellent pairings served by a trio of educated staff. Highlights: tempura oysters - possibly the lightest, tastiest fried thing I've ever eaten; tuna carpaccio with truffle; risotto with Maine lobster; perfectly prepared filet.
Wednesday's dinner was a planned small plates affair for three of us - tuna carpaccio again (great), cornmeal oysters - slightly heavier and served with a rich aioli and tomatoes; charcuterie plate - all great, highlight was the foie served in a tiny mason jar that didn't really need the currant jam on top but wow still; lobster poutine - better this time than last - yes it's slightly heavy, but a small plate; arugula and beet salad. Several others were good but not highlight worthy. Wonderful kicker was Chef Marty signing the menu for our special guest! The atmosphere is really laid back cool, in contrast to the linen and Riedel glassware.