Amelia Island - David's
I hate doing this review at all because we wanted this meal to be great. It's a lovely place and has enormous potential.
The service was incredible. The ambience is wonderful and the decor is beautiful. We loved everything about the setting, the tables, the formality and it set a standard that we didn't feel was quite met by the food.
But I digress: the only thing we did not love about the ambience was that there was a live saxophone player in the room next to ours that we could clearly hear while there was recorded, light jazz saxophone playing in the dining room. Surprised me that no one thought of this. It was unpleasant to hear dueling saxophones clashing all through dinner.
The dinner started off with a wonderful amuse bouche. Sweet potato puree with prosciutto and a few other elements. Lovely start to the meal. It set our expectations high.
My appetizer was portobello mushrooms with lump crap and a red pepper hollandaise. It was....fine. Nothing special but good. I just felt like it mostly needed more salt, which ended up being a theme throughout the meal for us.
We ordered two salads: spinach with bacon, vinaigrette and a poached egg and a caesar. The caesar was fine (again, could have used salt) and same for the spinach salad. My egg was under cooked. The whites were still runny and the egg itself was barely tepid. I don't know if they pre-poached and forgot to do the rest or what. I ate around the egg. I also felt like the vinaigrette was good but sparse and unevenly dressed.
Between courses our server brought a really great peach sorbet to cleanse our palate. Nice touch.
My husband loved his main dish: two petit filets with risotto and carrots. I thought, oddly, the risotto was a bit too salty but the filets were perfect and the reduction on the side had a good flavor but was slightly over reduced (a little gelatinous).
My main was a boneless ribeye with truffle butter, blue cheese mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. The mashed potatoes were great. The steak was cooked well but clearly wasn't allowed to rest long enough because on the first cut, all the juice ran out onto my plate. The flavor was fine (But again, salt and also pepper needed).
For dessert my husband ordered the cheese plate and I got the trio with creme brulee, an orange curd and pot de creme. The cheese plate was HUGE for one person. A lot of cheese. It also had crackers on it that we thought were odd. The fruit and nuts made sense but a bunch of crackers AFTER an entire meal seemed odd to us. The trio was good. The flavors were all nice. The curd and the pot de creme were both a bit grainy but the flavor was good.
Another nice touch as we were given the bill was two lovely and juicy dark chocolate covered strawberries.
Overall, we really were rooting for the place and would love to come back when we're in town again in hopes they've made a few tweaks to bring the food up to the level of the great service and ambience and general sense of greatness!