Another small gem which finally received their first Michelin star rating this year. The older of our 2 servers was definitely proud and although I would agree the food is creative and good enough the service needed a little help. Another problem we had was language difficulty, but that would be more expected as we venture farther from the standard tourist dining path. But all that said, it was a lovely evening and as the place was filled with folks celebrating and enjoying dinner. They offer some a la carte items but the menu is simply do you want 4, 7 or 10 courses and any dietary restrictions? The portions are well sized so having the 10 courses was not a problem.
Starting with the usual series of small courses, some of my descriptions are lacking but that was where the language gave me a problem, like which shellfish is this, a Merlot fish? Oh well, sit back and enjoy cause the tastes were fun, textures nicely varied and presentations creative. Although the bread was not heated it had a nice crust and good doughy center. One of my favorite courses was the hare ravioli-the ravioli skin disappeared as it hit your mouth, it was that tender and thin and the foie gras had a wonderful but understated influence on the taste. The duck stuffed with orange was very savory. Cooked like a confit was like an Orange Duck dish with an amazingly strong orange flavor and color and was incredibly rich. The olive crumble was a huge surprise to mix with chocolate mousse but it worked. The pear and spongecake mixed together to produce a perfect sweetness and texture. The chocolate ball was just plain fun to eat as was most all of this meal!