This place of about 10 tables opened in November 2014. It offers a tasting menu as well as a la carte options. With the tasting menu you can get wine or non-alcoholic pairing. The room has a small window into the kitchen but you see more finishing touches than actual cooking. The ceiling has a light show they are very proud of, they call say it is “like a field in the wind which is always changing”. It is interesting – they have a guide about it if you ask.
The service is friendly but the food was a little too gimmicky and they even repeated the ‘smoke’ effect for 2 different courses, which I thought was way too much. Knowing they are new to the scene it appeared that they have copied some ideas from longer operating restaurants as we had one dish that was almost exactly the same the next night. They also seemed to want to present each dish and then have sauce added at the table – a boring repetition. Several course they presented us with accompanying beverages, even tho we did not order pairings. I did not find that they enhanced the food and the tastes did not always blend well with wine.
The first amuse, pate, was nice but the chicaronne was stale the other cracker was quite nice and the tuna left a nice aftertaste. The smoked pepper course was a little too mild in taste but the beets were very good. The standout course was the crayfish which were plump, juicy and tender and accompanied by a rich foam bacon gravy. The wild broccoli puree with the Char was a pretty course until they added a brownish broth that made an unattractive plate. The quail was tasty and had a bar-b-que sauce already so it didn’t need the mushroom mayo, that was nice in itself. The egg was an extra course and nicely flavored with mustard but the lemonade tea that came with it was tasteless. The beef pieces were nice but the pea puree in the middle was totally blah and the Jerusalem artichoke was rubbery. The picnic basket theme for the next course has been done so much better in other places but they did have a delicious pickled vegetable that I could have eaten more of. Their ‘sharp’ cheese was anything but that. The dessert offered a nice bit of lemon and about the right amount of sweetness to end the meal on a positive note.