The husband had made the reservations.. weeks prior, as well as confirmed on the morning of to ensure that we would be dining at the chef's table that night. All seemed positive besides getting slightly lost on the way there. Upon arrival, we were quickly seated at what was definitely not the chef's table. Inquiring further, the hostess bluntly stated that the chef's table was already reserved. How odd.. didn't WE reserve it? With no apology or even an acknowledgement that the room was either double booked or
As for the ambiance, the view was superb if not slighlty annoying moments prior to sunset for those facing the windows, the glare was almost unbearable, that i noticed several patrons donning sunglasses. there were approximately 10 tables not counting the chef's table nor the outdoor tables. it seemed the bar area and wine room took up half the space, while a few art deco light fixtures were hung over the booths. the place was sadly unfilled for a saturday night.
we decided to order what we came for.. the menu prestige.
the amuse bouche was a side of crab meat with a crunchy black sesame top along with a shot of tomato gazpacho. the crab was an excellent mix with the texture and slight sweetness of the topping while the tomato gazpacho was a stark contrast with it's bold flavoring and almost overpowering almost as if it was a condensed version. this left me eagerly awaiting the rest of the meal... which is what a good amuse bouche should do.
Sautéed gulf shrimps over an Israeli couscous salad. the shrimps were fresh and tasty, matching well with the salad. it made me want to make things with israeli couscous, and wish that this came in an entrée sized portion.
the next course was a fillet of cod over an artichoke