M boyfriend and I went to this restaurant mid-week to celebrate my birthday, and it was an overall stellar meal - great service, good food, and laid-back ambiance.
Vermilion uses a team approach to serving, which means super attentive and seamless service. Also, my boyfriend mentioned that it was my birthday. Not only did the waiter offer birthday wishes, but also, they gave me a conplimentary dessert and a handwritten birthday card. It was a rally nice, unexpected touch that made my birthday extra special.
The bread basket alone is worth a visit; ours had amazing homemade onion focaccia and biscuits. The amuse bouche also was very good - a salmon tartare on a crouton. For appetizers, I had the charred octopus, and my boyfriend had the beet and apple salad. The octopus was exceptional - perfectly cooked, beautifully charred, and seasoned well, with a ham broth, peppers, fingerling potatoes, and garlic aioli. My boyfriend said the salad also good, but it had onions, which threw his taste buds for a loop. In addition to the beet salad and the octopus dish, the waiter had also recommended the pork belly appetizer. For dinner, I had the lamb, and my boyfriend had the salmon. The lamb was good, but it wasn't the most memorable lamb dish I've ever had. The eggplant sauce it came with was good, and the panissa, or fried squares of chickpea deliciousness, we're amazing. My boyfriend said the salmon was exceptional and highly recommended it. The other dish the waiter recommended was the sirloin steak. For dessert, we ordered the goat cheese cheesecake, which was amazing - highly recommend!! We also got the blackberry brung cake as a birthday treat, but we didn't find it to be noteworthy.
I had the seasonal Falcon punch, which was a fall cider-ish punch with a hint of sweetness. My boyfriend had the Like Apples and Oranges drink, which is made with whiskey and was very good.
The ambiance was great -- laid back, not too loud, but comfortable. It was nice that it is not pretentious - there were people in varied dress - jeans, dresses, suit coats, etc.
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