Visually, the room is a combination of light and airy, but with traditional accents. The table settings were modern, but expensive. I loved the press tin ceiling and the traditional garb of the waiters. The wine room was glass so you could see all the wine bottles and the kitchen was behind glass. It was fun to glance in and see what they were up to.
The wine selection was on an iPad which was more cumbersome than on paper, but fun, too, for someone like me who doesn't have an iPad. My friend had a mixed drink called a Hemingway Daquiri, aka Papas Dobles. It was delicious.
My appetizer, the crab cake on avacado took my breath away visually. I thought I was at the MoMA in NYC. It was also quite tasty and I took tiny little tastes of each little thought-out element to thoroughly enjoy the whole. I had tilefish for the main course, which was a visual delight loaded with flavor. It was full of surprises. As I scooped below the green sauce, a red sauce broke through to the surface. Tiny little vegetable hidden in the sauce gave surprise bursts of flavor as I bit into them. Yet my friend's steak on a mashed parsnips with mushrooms was even a better a choice.
For dessert, I had the cheese platter and my friend had vanilla bean pot de creme (with black halava and a spiced cake). Both were delicious and we split them between us. Some of the desserts smoked so it was entertaining when people at other tables ordered these.
Service was very attentive. I asked the waiters lots of questions which they patiently and thoroughly answered. A few answers didn't seem quite right. For example, the waiter said the black halava was dark chocolate. The menu said it was halava and it tasted like it, too.
I loved Bocuse and would definitely go back.
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