Anyone Tried or Planning to try Scratch Bar?
re: Ciao Bob
Ciao Bob, let us know how Scratch Bar is if you go. And maybe you can utilize the promo that's in TravelZoo for 7 course tasting plus a class of wine/beer for $59. Here's an excerpt and a link:
For $59 (reg. $116), two can dine on a seven-course tasting menu with two drinks. Formerly of notable venues like the James Beard-nominated Providence, Stefan's at LA Farm and Hatfield's, Chef Phillip Frankland Lee selects four "bites," a starter, a main and a dessert for this rotating menu. The experimental fare might include dishes such as puffed smelt and bone marrow, smoking goat's milk cheese and a 900-degree hen's egg (see regular dinner menu here). Each diner also receives a cocktail, glass of wine or beer (up to $13 each).
It was certainly interesting. Creative. Eclectic. Unfocused. Visually stunning.
Some will surely say too weird.
Some will say too ambitious.
I am glad to have tried it and think it has as good a chance of markedly improving with time (like Red Medicine) as it does of closing in less than a year.
A few real winners:
"Cocktails" - they do very, very interesting cocktails with sakes and other low ETOH content "spirts" paired with juices, spices and special sodas.
Lemon & Parm Kale Chips
Puffed Smelt & Bone Marrow Mascarpone
Potted King Crab
A few that left most of my group SCRATCHING our heads
Smoking Goat’s Milk Cheese
Great room and staff and owner - who, kind of randomly, toasted marshmallows out front for us as we left.
I think it is worth a try and is one of the more interesting places to cone along in quite a while. It is far from perfect and I am not running back tonight but I will be watching for other reports as it flies or crashes.
Thanks again Servorg.