The drinking and dining are first rate, highlighting a playful use of ingredients and showcasing extreme culinary skill. I have not tasted everything on the menu but I have yet to find any "misses." My least favorite dish was escargot, though that's just because I've never had it before and they are drenched in garlic butter. I love butter and garlic, but I wouldn't know what good snails should taste like. I would prefer to save my consumption of fat and butter to other dishes.
Everything else that came our way was a hit. A quick rundown:
- The shaved vegetables are straightforward and well dressed
- We loved the sausage of the day with amazing lentils, a unique and delicious combo
- The fish of the day was skate, a fun fish to eat with unique "bones," and well seasoned
- Beef short-ribs were ordered on both visits - enough said
- Pomme frites with garlic aioli is as good as it sounds and the cheese of the day is simply good (for cheese lovers)
- Finally, our favorite dish thus far is the french onion fondue. Think french onion soup without the soup. Incredible.
Seafood? We've tried the tower once before with great success, and would be a perfect way to spend the evening for two people. Doug ordered mussels and I did not hear any complaints. I haven't tried the dessert yet, but that should change shortly. My favorite drink is any "smash," but any cocktail can be made to order or peruse the wine list.
THE French Onion Fondue
Sausage and lentils
While I have an interest in Maude's success, the balance of atmosphere, drinks and superb food food speaks for itself. The space is small (even smaller upstairs), so plan accordingly. I am happy to report the first 4 Star of the year.