On the face of it this is an unpretentious restaurant to the extent that the sign outside it is to all intents and purposes illegible. We drove past it because from the outside it just looked like an ordinary house on the corner of the street.
This restaurant is undoubtedly popular – we came to it on the recommendation of others and we sat at the bar next to a couple from Las Vegas who were in town for a week and were already on their third visit! Perhaps it is for this reason that the management sees no need to accept reservations – it is a case of first come, first served, starting at 5:30 PM.
There are tables inside, tables outside and a small bar at which half a dozen people can be served their meals. There is a very extensive wine and beers list but the food menu is limited to half a dozen starters and half a dozen main courses.
We sampled a creamy mushroom bisque which was outstanding; definitely not out of a tin! A fish bake in a small earthenware dish was clearly straight out of the oven, covered in breadcrumbs and with just a little too much lemon juice, but otherwise very good.
For the main course I ordered a lemon grass shrimp dish which was a confection of very finely julienned raw vegetables which had a marvellous texture and flavour with the lemon grass subtly coming through permeated with a hint of coriander (cilantro). The cooked shrimp (well prepared prawns) was perched on top. My fiancée ordered a dish of baked fish which was the catch of the day garnished with risotto; the latter was the least successful element of the entire evening's dining and seemed an inappropriate accompaniment to an otherwise beautifully cooked piece of fish.
Purists may prefer not to read the next sentence: I am fond of draft (draught if you are British) beer in the right setting and after enquiring about the selection available I chose a milk stout. Although I was uncertain as to whether this was a dangerous gamble it turned out to be delicious and I ordered a second glass.
The meal did not come particularly cheaply and if we had ordered wine it would have been considerably more than the $120 which we had to pay after adding on a tip.
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