This intimate little bistro is hidden in a small strip mall at the corner of Enterprise & McMullen Booth Road just at the edge of Safety Harbor. It is well worth finding it to enjoy their ever changing menu offerings. I would describe the cuisine as Food for the Adventurous Foodie. Both appetizers and entrees combine uncommon ingredients in creative ways. The food is a combination of visual attractiveness and interesting and surprising flavor and texture. We have dined here twice, the first time back in February on Super Bowl Sunday, which we also considered as an early Valentine's Day dinner to avoid the crowds. We had the whole place to ourselves - very romantic! The owner and his wife took excellent care of us. The Lobster Potstickers appetizer were stunningly plated with a bright yellow sauce. There were 4 potstickers to share, but they were so delicious I could have eaten more of them. Entrees were the special that evening - huge servings of risotto - his topped with grilled shrimp and mine with grilled scallops. This past weekend we came to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary. When I looked at the event's menu online, I didn't really see anything I thought I'd like, but I was so wrong. With no specials offered that night, I selected the Duck Confit Eggrolls ($11) and my hubby had the Carrot Ginger Soup with Coconut, Honey & Scallop Heart of Palm Salad ($7). The eggrolls were crispy and packed with shredded duck meat. The Tamarind-Lime dipping sauce was a perfect match. The accompanying Green Papaya Salad was more of a slaw and the cilantro was a bit overwhelming. Entrees - my hubby had the Stuffed Chicken Breast ($21) stuffed with Spinach, Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomatoes with Roasted Butternut Squash, Grilled Red Onion and Pickled Golden Raisins. I make a variation of this at home, but he was satisfied with their version. I kept the duck theme going with the Burnt Orange-Miso Glazed Half Duck ($28) with buttered Sushi Rice, Black Vinegar Bok Choy, Kabocha Squash Butter and Candied Ginger. My first bite was of the Kabocha Squash puree with some of the sauce. OMG! Every bite of this dish tasted amazing. The glaze is as far removed from the take-out Chinese restaurant variety as can be - delightfully just sticky enough, not sweet and creates a craving for the taste of it.
Just my opinion, but their only weak spot may be dessert. Both times we dined, what was on the menu did not intrigue nor revel the great taste & innovation of their appetizers and entrees. We shared a simple Creme Brulee with a small garnish of liquor (kirsch?) soaked cherries on top. (The other desserts were a chocolate mousse cake and Salted Caramel topped NY cheesecake.) What would I like to see? Special little offerings that make one want to get dessert - Perhaps small batch house made ice cream or gelato in interesting seasonal flavors, a grilled pound cake brushed with a liquor with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, an tiny exquisite delicate pastry or homemade cookies. Special desserts might draw people in to stop here later in the evening for a little treat and coffee. Just an idea, but it won't keep me from dining here again.
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