I knew this was my kind of place the instant Martin and I walked in. It was lively without being too boisterous, spacious and airy without feeling cavernous, and beautifully lit from both natural and artificial lighting (the kind where everyone looks good).
I also loved the mural-like fish scene behind the bar – the style looked like a mix of Asian-art brush strokes and abstract shapes. Appealing and contemporary, the work was really interesting and definitely anchored the space (I didn’t have a chance to ask the name of the artist though would love to know!). And, a friendly staff greeted us, which is always a good way to start the evening… with special kudos to our server, she was exceptional.
The menu was mostly fish, of course, with a couple of meat dishes – rosemary chicken and stuffed pork shoulder. The carnivore in me almost ordered the pork – caper stuffed pork shoulder, Parmesan potatoes, grilled figs, soppresatta, and sage-thyme jus – but I knew that we came specifically here for delicious fresh fish.
We started out with three appetizers: Anchor & Hope chowder, white corn, Littleneck Clams Warm sea urchin in the shell, mashed potatoes, Dungeness Crab “Fries with Eyes” – smelt with remoulade sauce
The chowder had a light creamy texture with lots of sweet white corn flavor, nicely balanced with the clams. The smelt were crispy and tasty with and without the sauce. I’m not a big sea urchin fan so just sat smiling and let my husband do the honors. He loved this dish and thought the crab and potatoes were perfect partners for the sea urchin.
Both of us had the whole roasted Petrole Sole with preserved lemon, salted almonds, Bloomsdale spinach, and toasted curry butter. The fish was simply scrumptious – lightly crisp, savory, a bit tart, and buttery – but, yikes, there were so many bones! A gentleman, not our server, brought it out and described how to successfully take out the bones. Unfortunately, this would be better served if a professional did it for us. We got the main one out and managed a few smaller ones. However, at one point, I literally had three small bits in my mouth.
Anyway, our server came by and was surprised that the person who brought it out did not debone the fish for us. She was very apologetic. No worries, it didn’t ruin our night, and the dish was really good. Martin did speak with the guy later who also apologized and said he would remove the bones for us next time.
For wine, I’d highly recommend the Pinot Blanc, Domaine Ostertag “Barriques”, Alsace, France 2006 – the wine went well with every dish. Good choice Martin!
We were pretty content but when our server described each dessert, we thought, “Why not?” So, we had a chocolate cake topped with bits of hazelnut and fleur de sel – our server paired it with a Belgium beer Duchesse de Bourgogne. Now, we’re not beer drinkers – and I tend to get sick to stomach from drinking it – but this truly was made for this cake. And, we also had a vanilla cream – kind of a panna cotta with raspberry coulis. Good but not as good as the cake.
Finally, the bill came and it rested under a miniature ball of inertia, a.k.a. a fishing weight. Cool. Yes, we’ll be back.
After enduring several hours at a family affair, Audrey found - what she likes to call - treasures at Conny and Joe's when they served a terrine of foie gras and Riesling jelly with gently warmed toast points.
Also before our main course, the grown-ups enjoyed a nice '96 Rolly Gassmann Gewurtraminer with the terrine. Finally, dining al fresco was extra special - thanks for dinner! More photos.
If I had a bank account to sustain an art-collecting habit, I would most enjoy decorating the children's bedrooms and playroom with some large canvases from artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Wayne Thiebaud, and Mark Rothko. For now, I like bedecking their walls with interesting posters.
Recently, I purchased the two posters pictured above. Made by Girl has a simple but stylish selection of digital art prints that I just love - I got the ABC Girls for my daughter and had her name embedded in the design. It's being framed as I write and should be ready in the next few weeks. I also love the neighborhood posters put out by Ork Posters - fun for our lounge / play area and is also being framed.
I discovered this Robin Rosenthal poster while perusing Black Eiffel. The Alphadot, its title, hangs in my son's room. I think the image is mature enough to stay hanging for a few years... I'm sure it will be replaced before his 13th birthday by some cool car or vintage motorcycle print.
From the creative power at Baron & Baron who brings us all things stylish, lovely, and tasteful - a book of personal work covering seascapes from the coasts of Eastern America, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean.
I think the last time I had a really really good colorful mixed drink was probably about 10 years ago. Since then, I've always found most too sweet or just too strong (alcohol). Last Friday, that all changed. We attended a picnic in Mountain View where the weather was hot hot hot. Hence, one must have a robust refresher. I saw this wonderful lime colored drink being poured from afar and was intrigued. Green is my favorite color. When asked to try some, I did and was hooked. Yum yum yum!