15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?
When will Chef Jason Baker feed us again?
Any ETA on 15 Church?
Anyone been to The Wine Bar on Lark since Chef Baker left and Everleth decided to sell?
15 Church has announced more specific hours on their Facebook page:
"This evening, 15 Church celebrates our opening night! Thank you for all your support and patience along this journey. Our regular dining hours will be Tuesday-Thursday 5-9:30 pm; Friday and Saturday 5-11 pm; and, Sundays 4-9 pm. The bar opens daily at 4:30 pm and Sundays at 4:00 pm so stop in any time for a cocktail, light snack, or a great dinner. To make a reservation, call us at 587-1515."
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Went to 15 Church recently.
Grateful that this historic building has been restored. The interior decor is sophisticated but doesn't feel overly formal. It's warm and inviting. There is a small bar and two tables. The rest of the restaurant is long and narrow with a few tables close to Church Street and rows of booths back towards the kitchen and rest rooms. The booths have high backs and provide a feeling of privacy. SO said he could have used a little more room. We would probably request a table in the front of the restaurant next time. So SO has more leg room and we're further away from the servers walking to and from the kitchen.
The location near parking, the newer movie theater and apartment building is smart. The menu gives diners lots of options. Stop by for a glass of wine and an appetizer or make a reservation and have dinner.
Now on to the food. . .
We started with some prosecco to celebrate. Then decided the cornmeal crusted oysters with honey mustard remoulade would be perfect with our prosecco. Our server placed the oyster order while SO read the wine list and we looked at the menu. The oysters were cooked perfectly and the remoulade was so good (and I'm not a big mustard person).
SO started with pan fried sweetbreads uni cognac emulsion, shaved fennel, sesame puff pastry. He said they were the best sweetbreads he's had.
Our friend had pan glazed escargot, marrow, exotic mushrooms, marsala demi glace.
SO had the Church salad, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, asian pears (I had a taste of the pears), bing cherries, crispy prosciutti, champagne vinaigrette.
Warm focaccia bread service. Okay.
The pacing was a little slow between our starters and our entrees. Servers checked back several times. We understand they just opened. Otherwise, everything was flawless.
SO had the orecchiette with house made veal bolognese, grana padano. They offer $16 and $24 portions. He seemed very happy.
I had the pink peppercorn crusted black & blue tuna with baby bok choy, dashi emulsion, sea salt roasted beets, hot and sour spaghetti squash. Really good.
Our friend had 15 hour braised veal cheeks crispy artichokes, butter poached sunchokes, exotic mushroom & white miso ragout. Really liked it. Large portion. They took half of it home.
For dessert we had chocolate and cheese, Old Chatham camembert, chocolate ganache, maldon sea salt and berries. Luckily I had this pretty much to myself and didn't have to share.
Opera Cake by TC Paris, almond sponge cake, espresso syrup, espresso buttercream. I tasted this but thought the camembert with chocolate was more interesting.
We had espresso and tea.
Service was professional, warm and attentive. A delicious dinner. We look forward to future menu changes, hopefully the addition of a tasting menu.
Go now and enjoy. Once Track Season starts it will surely be challenging to get a reservation.
Almost forgot to mention their stemware. Sounds like a little thing, but it's amazing the number of restaurants that don't pay attention to this detail. From their water glasses to their flutes and wine glasses, they put some effort into this detail. Made for more enjoyable sipping.