A semi large place with a really dated interior that had some reviews of “too old school” but I found it excellent. The table set up was minimal but service was exceptionally nice. The acoustics allowed you to hear the buzz of the other patrons but still have a conversation with your table mate. They do offer a special 4 course tasting menu in the summer but we opted for the Chef’s menu tasting which is a 3+ hour experience.
You start with a number of amuse bouche with the smoked sable fish being a standout and the wagyu cigar being quite yummy. The soup had bits of rind in the bottom that provided a nice salty contrast and the oyster had a bit of pepper on the finish. The menu actually starts with the uni course which was nicely earthy. The bread tray contained an absolutely butter laden brioche which was quite scrumptious but the seaweed bread turned out to be very nice also. The abalone was another standout but what wouldn’t be with crispy rice and browned butter? The Spot prawns were cooked in salt and herbs and while cooked perfectly the seasonings nicely penetrated them. The scallops were quite nice but suffered from being on a heated plate of seaweed which wafted up the most awful smell. The foie gras had been lightly dusted before cooked which gave it a different dimension from most. The John Dory was disappointing as the fryer taste permeated the fish and one had a flash of “state fair food”. Then came the beef and OMG I’ve never had anything so exquisite. It was incredibly tender, juicy and full of flavor. The lychee sorbet was weak link in a dish with a hint of white chocolate. The chamomile struck me more as a palate cleanser is was so mild but the custard underneath was tasty even though tough – something missing here. The PB&J just seemed strong and wrong but the final sweets were a nice touch. The desserts were a mixed bunch but I didn’t care at that point my palate was dancing already.