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15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

financialdistrictresident Oct 5, 2013 02:51 PM

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?



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  1. financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 6, 2013 08:19 AM

    Sneak peak at menu from Table Hopping Blog (Aug. 2013):


    1. financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Dec 20, 2013 04:43 AM



      Can't wait . . .

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        Roger K RE: financialdistrictresident Mar 12, 2014 10:02 PM

        I saw on Facebook that they had "a very casual open house" on 3/12 from 6-9 pm. A comment was also made that the last "open house" is 3/13. They will then have "opening night" on Wed. 3/19.

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          financialdistrictresident RE: Roger K Mar 16, 2014 06:43 AM

          Thanks, Roger K.

          Jonathan Stewart will be their wine director:


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            financialdistrictresident RE: Roger K Mar 16, 2014 08:55 PM

            15 Church opens Wednesday, March 19 per the TU:


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              Roger K RE: financialdistrictresident Mar 19, 2014 02:53 PM

              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."

          2. financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Mar 24, 2014 05:38 AM

            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.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Mar 24, 2014 07:45 AM

              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.

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                Roger K RE: financialdistrictresident Mar 24, 2014 07:51 AM

                Thank you, FDR, for the extensive review. I hope we get there soon. The sweetbreads sound fantastic.

                1. re: financialdistrictresident
                  financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Mar 25, 2014 05:13 AM

                  Have a little history with your dinner in "the little jewel box":


                2. financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Apr 16, 2014 05:55 AM

                  Returned recently.

                  The bread service has changed. My focaccia "stick" was warm and really good. Same delicious soft butter with black salt.

                  Started with the cornmeal crusted oysters with honey mustard remoulade, frisee. Even sweeter and better than last time.

                  Had the lumb crab cake "croquettes" with ginger hazlenut aioli, frisee salad and roasted red pepper chutney. Perfectly crisped round balls filled with crumbly crab. My favorite part of this was the chutney and ginger aioli. Probably would not get again.

                  Finished with a sweet. Had torrijas brioche turbinado sugar with Lloyd Spear honey and tarragon salad. If you're not a tarragon fan, no worries. It's subtle, not overpowering. This was delicious. Three large pieces of brioche perfect for sharing. This should have been shared . . .

                  Their website shows a prix fixe theatre $35 pp dinner available until 5:45 pm weekdays. How clever with the newer cinema nearby. Includes Alsatian tart du jour for the table, 3 courses.

                  1. financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Jun 22, 2014 02:57 AM

                    Chef Jason Baker leaves for health reasons, per TU:


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