A colleague brought me here on my last day at work. Both being enthusiastic about food and graphics, our attention was solidly grabbed by the gorgeous and gentle vinyl window stickers on the Front Façade.
or the first time, after passing by so many times, I noticed their modern wordmark is not written backwards but rather it's reflected at the corner of the building - a funky touch. We briefly considered their breezy patio submerged in the city streets, but decided we will miss out too much of the interior if staying outside.
We were sat down in no time, being able to beat the lunch rush. The feel of classy feminine lightness was in the air with plenty of off-white shades, veiny marble and a ceiling unlike any other. The gentle flower patterns from the exterior tied in above our heads with details making me feel engulfed in the petals. The large furniture behind and around the bar was rounded and sectioned - the crystal glasses all around give off a vintage feel. It was hard not to notice the unique custom-made kitchen arch, combining a few styles of mosaic tiles into a surprisingly beautiful centerpiece.
We settled on their muted olive green tufted banquette, as we read their lunch menu leaflet and sipped water out of old crystal glasses. Drawn to the dish on the table next to us, we inquired about their regular menu, which we ended up picking from to shake up our food experience.
All the waiting staff was dressed in dark blue or black with just a leather full apron to stylistically unify them all. This made the staff stand out quite a bit in the light airy space, attention was definitely on them.
ur high quality laminate table, with a bleached wood look and shades of warmth made a decent backdrop for our dishes that followed. The Zucchini Fritti arrived first, creating a small mountain of fried tempura-coated zucchini, thinly cut in swirls. The dish was sweet and crispy with a subtle hint of key lime pie, as it dripped honey - a bit too much for us. Scattered around in lumps was a lemon crema fresca with a whipped cream texture. We both thought that a more yogurt-based cream would have helped add a slightly sour edge to this dish, balancing out the oily sweetness. We couldn't finish this dish, there was a need for a Pinot Gris perhaps.
Our arugula salad was refreshing, we both agreed there was perhaps a tad more then necessary balsamic dressing. Adding a kick to this dish, there were some sundried tomatoes, grano padano and marinated shallots.
Our experience would have been close to ideal if it wasn't for the three flies bothering all the patrons at the banquettes. It was disappointing to see even the staff shooing them without fixing the problem. Definitely not up to par with the atmosphere set initially. The warmth inside didn't help as everyone kept on chucking cold water (I would stereotype the demographic as mostly female and highbrow). Our waitress kept very professional, as we inquired about the warmth. The A/C was not having the best day, mind you, it was a very hot day.
Next came our Eggplant Puccia, served with a side of herbed potatoes - a soft, fresh, a tad salted side treat. The sourdough pita of the sandwich is also worth mentioning, as it was stuffed with zesty meaty eggplant with tomato preserve, a bit of Grano Padano and plenty of arugula leafs. I found it hard to pierce through the dense, long pieces of eggplant. It turned out not to be a graceful dish to eat.
Our other main dish was their Pizza Margarita, with slightly charred crust right out of their wood oven, it was everything we expected. The funky part was that our main dishes were served with a side of a mystery glass dropper bottle which we found out was hot sauce. We enjoyed our dishes, listening to remixed drum & base and some hip hop. A slightly odd music choice for the elegant interior and atmosphere.
Lastly we shared a scoop of their blueberry gelato - light, not overly sweet, with fibers adding to the texture. We happily ate it without feeling any strong, artificial flavors. We found it to be quite a treat, actually.
ur hour in this elegant space had a few small flaws which could be easily fixed to portray a well-rounded experience. Splashing out on a beautiful interior work is always important to set the mood and ambiance, but the same amount of care and attention to detail should we applied throughout the maintenance of the.