Six of us ate here last night. Overall - good, tasty food, would be nice to have as a local restaurant but it's not a destination.
I started with crème fraîche wings - basic fried, crispy wings in a sauce made from, well, crème fraîche, along with gochujang and a couple of other things I don't recall. The sauce was very tasty, but could have been ... well, no, I just deleted my criticism because that's a matter of personal preference. It was a good sauce. The wings were small, and although perfectly acceptable, I think in search of a crispier exterior they cooked a little longer than was necessary. I wouldn't call them dry, but they were heading there. Dense might be the best word. NQD ordered shrimp & foie gras grits; not being a fan of most shrimp dishes I didn't taste it, but she said the various flavors were good but it didn't really come together, and she thought it was too soupy. Mussels were ordered by a couple of people, but I didn't taste them. I think fettucine was the final starter, also not tasted by me.
My entree was basil chicken, a boneless leg that was absolutely delicious, with a wonderful light, crispy skin. There were various other elements on the plate - mushrooms, and a puree of some type, among others - but while tasty, could easily be swapped out for other things. The chicken was the star, and would be anywhere. NQD's pork belly was also very good. The coconut sticky rice that came with it was fairly bland. It's probably supposed to be, but the dish would have been improved if it were either sweeter or more savory. Or better still, if the sauce on the plate added as much flavor as it did color. Unfortunately, it didn't contribute much to the dish. To be clear - this was a nice, tasty dish. But it could have been better. I didn't taste anything else that was ordered.
NQD's dessert was a light spring dessert, orange sponge cake dressed up with various things I don't recall in detail. Mine was a bittersweet chocolate bread pudding. Normally I prefer my bread pudding unadulterated, but it looked delicious when presented to nearby tables, so I gave it a shot, and I'm glad it did. Very tasty; the chocolate did overpower the bread pudding flavor, but that's OK. I'd happily order this again.
Nice collection of cocktails on the menu. I liked what I tried, there were no misses, but no real wows. I can drink happily here, but again, not a destination.
First negative - the room is LOUD. There were only six of us, and we had trouble following the conversation.
Second negative - service. Friendly enough, but slow. We started out OK, but after our starters, I noticed empty water glasses, dishes left on the table, and no checks for new drink orders. Nothing individually excessive, but the cumulative effect was a bit annoying. I finally got a cocktail list to look over, but had to wait several minutes before anyone came to actually take my drink order. Between the volume, and our server not directly checking in with everybody, the person sitting next to me never realized that new drink orders were being taken. The plates were eventually cleared, and water started flowing again, but empty drink glasses, and the warm damp towel I was given with my wings (a very nice touch), lingered on the table way too long. Entrees took a while; five arrived and there was an unexplained delay for the sixth. It wasn't terrible, but it was noticeably slow, things were missed, and the staff was not as attentive as they should have been. The restaurant was busy, but they were not slammed.
A perfectly nice little restaurant I'd happily return to if I had reason to be in the area, but I wouldn't make an effort for it. But it's close.