The bar was full, so we sat at the walk in communal table instead. It has standard waiter based service, not quite the same feel as being at the bar where you can interact with the bartenders, but still a nice option for being able to walk right in. We ordered a mix of bar snacks, starters, and mains.
|The Ambassador : Rye, Bonal, Apricot Eau-de-Vie, Zucca. $11.50.|
|Duck liver, foie gras & bacon pate: spiced red pepper jelly, warm crostini. $8.|
I'll still order this again, and hope the recipe is more like the first time.
|Focaccia (on the side, requested).|
|Dungeness crab cakes, remoulade. $7.|
|Wild mushroom arancini, aioli. $5.|
The shell on them was really nice and crisp, although they were kind oily for my liking. I didn't really taste the mushroom in the filling, just creamy rice, which was disappointing. I expected a more cheesy flavor as well. The aoili was really thick, and not very flavorful.
I didn't really like these, and wouldn't order them again, but $5 seemed like a great value.
|Wild salmon crudo, beech mushrooms, grapefruit, sea beans, avocado puree, rice crackers. $16.|
The fish was a good cut, decent quality, although not that flavorful. The citrus and sea beans were a really refreshing, bright, and light pairing. The tiny itty bitty beech mushrooms were pickled, adding an intense vinegar flavor to bites than included them.
I wouldn't go out of my way for this dish or rave about it, but it was nicely done, with a good balance of flavors.
|Seared Monterey Calamari & Gulf White Prawns, Romesco, Deep Fried Butter Beans, Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, Peppercress. $14.50.|
I wouldn't order again, just because of the horrible beans!
|Northern Halibut, Zuckerman Farms Asparagus, English Peas, Herb Spaetzle, Shaved Purple Asparagus Salad, Lemon Vinaigrette, Chervil. $32.|
I wouldn't get this again, and didn't feel the $32 price tag was really justified. It was well executed, but the flavors just didn't pop for me.