I was in heaven... me being the "appetizer" guy, I had my first taster menu experience; which I will return for and seek out at other restaurants.
I liked the 3 different options available for the 6 course tasting menu... 1) Choose your own menu items and wines. 2) Choose your wine and let the staff create 6 courses paired with your wine for you. 3) Let the staff choose your 6 courses and your wines; paired for you. Opted for the 6 course with wine pairings, letting the staff decide on all of our food and wine. Added a few extras on, which gave us a 9 course! Like I said, I was in heaven.
Note: There are other menu options available, you don't have to do 6 courses.
Service was great, Lori was sweet and fun. I sat at the bar before my partner joined.... you can see everything in the kitchen from the bar. I love a restaurant that isn't afraid to let you see behind the scenes; they seemed comfortable with the fact that I stared at them for half an hour while they worked. They were having a great time creating, tasting and criticising their fruits.
Dessert was an unexpected surprise... 3 little chocolate goodies (each completely different, with some freshly made strawberry ice cream and a strawberry dipped in white chocolate), a tiny mug of hot milk with grand marnier, another tiny mug with hot chocolate in it and a glass of port on the side. mmmmmmmmmm
Including a 25% tip... it was well worth what I paid. I went hog wild and had a cocktail, a 9 course dinner, 5 glasses of wine (2 ounce), a glass of port, a bottle of sparkling water and an americano coffee.
I'm adding this one to my top ten list. Oh, and a little birdy told me the chef loves to go shopping at the market each day, lurking out "rare" items... hence the name, hence the game?