So this is in the old Waterloo & City space. Lots of vintage-y looking furniture and taxidermy everywhere. There are two bars; the main one and a “hidden” one called the Old Man Bar which is open until 2am.
They have an oyster happy hour from 5:30-6:30, so we got a half-dozen Malpeques which came with a lemony horseradish vinegar.
Their New East Side (Miller’s Gin, lime juice, cucumber-elderflower foam) cocktail was refreshing and perfect for this hot weather.
My fiancé had the In Fashioned (country ham, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Miracle Mile redeye and pecan bitters), and he really liked it.
The wood grilled octopus (runner beans, treviso, lemon aioli, salsa verde) was perfectly tender with a nice char, and I loved the lemon aioli with it.
The beef fat potatoes (roasted garlic aioli, salsa verde) were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and went nicely with the aioli.
The wood grilled Peads & Barnett pork chop (brown butter maple jus, Asian pear) was juicy with a nice crust, and was perfect with the sweetness of the sauce and the pear.
The roasted game hen (polenta, house goat ricotta, hen of the woods) dish was rich and would be great comfort food, I thought. The chicken was nice and juicy, but I wish the skin was crispier. The pan sauce mixed with the polenta and the mushrooms was oh so good, though. Especially when you squeeze some of the lemon on it.
We had the caramelized banana cream panna cotta with cardamom and espresso cookies for dessert, but I didn’t get a picture of it because it was too dark by then. I thought it was delicious, but I love anything with cardamom.
Overall, we thought it was a great meal. It was pretty pricey, but the portions were quite generous. Service was very good! I want to go back and try the stone crab which wasn’t on the menu this time, unfortunately.