We went last night and found that our expectations were met. I wish we could afford to come here on a 2x a month basis. I simply cannot remember the last time I ate food of this caliber.
What we ate:
Tomato strawberry salad: Only salad I've ever had with berries that I actually enjoyed, which is unfortunate as they are so ubiquitous in the Midwest. Obviously, tomatoes are delicious right now, and it was great to get a dish that let them sing, while providing an interesting counterbalance.
Corn soup with clams: pureed corn soup with seaweed and cooked clams. Very smooth and corn-y with nice chew and salty of seaweed. Very delicate, refreshing and lovely to look at.
Arctic Char with Potatoes and Smoked Cream:
Beautifully cooked piece of fish. Potatoes were nicely bathed in smoked cream with dots of crispy itty bitty potato chips and trout roe. Smoked flavor and salty roe provided a level of complexity that made this dish a delight. I think I could identify purslane and shiso as herbs on the fish, but there were several I couldn't.
Exceptionally tender pillows of housemade gnocchi (that make me realize how far from perfect my own are) in buttery tomato sauce/ tomato-y butter and delicate ribbons of zucchini. Really tasty for a vegetarian dish, but wish it had more protein.
Very comforting compared to sophistication of apps and entrees, mainly due to portion size. Moist peachy (coconut?) cake with creme fraiche (cant really remember) and blueberry sauce
Apricot Panna Cotta:
Least successful dish we had, but mainly because of standard of rest of meal. Subtly perfumed, but overall dish seemed a little too gelatin-y and baby food-y.
With several drinks and tip, this meal came to $125. May have to cut down our eating out elsewhere in town to afford to come here frequently.
I know it is early days, but maybe this will be such a success that he can take over that destined for failure antiques shop on the corner, and turn it into a casual lunchonette by day/ bar with craft beer by night.