So the 8 of us decided to celebrate my birthday on Sunday at the Yew restaurant. We were greeted warmly by the hostess before being led to the back of the restaurant to where our table was reserved. After walking through the very current and very un-pretentious decorations. The glass wine cellar was amazing to look at.
As soon as we were seated we were quickly offered a choice of either sparkling or still water. After we decided on our water, we were given the drink and dinner menu. The cocktails were a little small but they had a long list of wines.
After looking at the menu, we discovered that Yew had a special 3 course menu for $35 only on Sunday.
We did not get that as we had our hearts set on the Paella with seafood.
We started with the broiled Oyster appetizer, which was delicious even when we were not the biggest fans of oysters. We originally ordered only one order which comes with 2 oysters but the waitress doubled our order for free. Very nice.
The entree, which was the seafood Paella was good. The seafood was cooked perfectly and was very tasty; however, we found that the rice was just a tad undercooked.
All of the people that attended enjoyed their appetizers (Risotto, Crab Spring roll, Calamari, among others; sablefish was said to be amazing) and entrees (Paella, Lamb, T-bone steak, Duck, Chicken) were delicious.
Everything was appropriately sized, except for the duck, it could have been accompanied with more sides if a bigger duck breasts was not available.
For dessert, I was surprised by a birthday cake that was bought by one of my friends at dessert shop (Cupcakes). Yew charged us a $3.50 fee per person to have the cake sliced for us and plated.
The fee was understandable since they dressed it up for us and put a few berries on the plate.
A little event happened after as we were leaving the restaurant, the waitress stopped us as we were taking pictures in the lobby wondering why there wasnt enough money. It was quickly resolved when we told her that the rest of the payment was in several bill folds on the table as we paid separately. Then the manager of the restaurant handed her the bill and told her everything was fine. It was no big deal but a bit of an awkward moment.
Overall, very good. Will definitley come back on Sundays to try the set menu.