I love the ambiance. Interior dining areas partially separated from one another for privacy. I got a window booth in the bar with a scenic view out across the patio dining area and onto a pond ringed with leafy trees. The pastoral view belied the fact that this restaurant is situated in a commercial area only a block removed from a busy highway.
Comfortable chairs and benches and barstools with padded seats. Rich, dark wooden tables. Pleasant music piped in. Puffs of soft light from table lamps and bar top lamps and chandelier lamps. A rectangular bar with racks of wines overhead. An impressive wine menu with still and sparking wines, domestic and imported offerings. An array of white varietals including two of my favorites: a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand and a torrontes from Argentina. Plenty of red varietals to choose from including two of my favorites: a sangiovese from Italy and a tempranillo from Spain. I was very tempted to start the meal with a glass of wine, but it was too early in the day, it being lunchtime.
I started my dining experience with a flatbread, the Grilled Garlic Pesto Chicken. It was delicious.
My followup entrée was the duck lettuce wrap. There were three wraps, to be eaten with the fingers This was also delicious. There were two sauces on the side. I poured both of them on separate wraps to enhance the flavors.
I was equivocal about having desert. My efficient waiter brought out a tray with a sample of each of the eight mini-deserts that were available. The portions, each in a petit glass, were diminutive, but were reasonably priced. And the smallness of the portions made my decision for me. I went with the chocolate desert. Very tasty and not too much of it.
A most pleasant and enjoyable dining experience. I'll be back, with reinforcements.
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