Overall, the savory dishes we had were more impressive than the desserts. They were complicated, not only in terms of the ingredients but also presentation. So complex that we were playing "guess what's this ingredient". For instance, the Deconstructed Salmon Spanakopita ($29) boasts a lengthy description:
Pan fried salmon with sautéed spinach, crumbled feta crumbs, hung yoghurt, lemon Beurre Blanc, crispy leeks and olive oil caviar
Fortunately, the dish did not digress too much from the original Greek pie and the salmon was fresh with lots of slippery omega oils. But I was not certain about the value of lemon butter cream since the taste is already quite rich with cheese and yoghurt.
Char Grilled Portobello ($25) --eggplants, pickled onions, cucumbers, salsa verde, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, maple balsamic reduction is a good non-meaty option. Artichoke fans might be a little disappointed though, as there were no fresh artichokes in sight but they were deep-fried and transformed into brown "shallots" that squished out oil as you chew onto it.
We loved the truffle fries with pecorino and rosemary sea salt ($9) more than the succotash – corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers ($6). The latter risked creating an impression that they could be churned from frozen mixed vegetables. The cooking is assured and the menu is adventurous. But the same cannot be said of the desserts that were deprived of both originality and quality.
Red velvet cheesecake ($12) belongs to the heavy dense NY style cheesecake and tastes like cocoa. How about renaming it as Chocolate cheesecake? Meanwhile, the cream cheese frosting of the Carrot Cake ($12) is too sweet and zapped of moisture. If one measures the Mojito Tart ($13) according to the yardstick of a Lemon Meringue Tart, then the recipe for the pastry shell and the gelatinous custard will need to be fine-tuned, not mentioning the missing rum or mint.
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