Sometimes the ambiance of a restaurant creates a special evening that endures long after the details of a meal are forgotten. So it was with this place. Beginning with a gorgeous summer evening about an hour before sunset, we were seated on a narrow but long veranda overlooking both magnificient views of the mountains and lovely vegetation which was part of the property. Despite some gliches-my wife and daughter ordered gin martinis only to find that the vermouth served was the wrong kind, and our initial table was much too small for three people, relegating us to a side-by-side bar-type table, but still overlooking the splendid view--the service was attentive and the setting made any issue seem minor. We ordered the Roo Carpaccio as an appetizer; moist and flavorful with no hint of the gaminess we were fearing. Mains included one typical plate and 2 stew-like concoctions: Beef Cheeks, Veal stew, and Beef Ribs Sous Vide; all served with flavorful sauces and adequate but smallish portions. Again some small issues: my wife--a huge sweetbreads fan--was somewhat disappointed in the fried approach to these delicate morsels in the Beef Cheeks item; my daughter thought the beer used in the veal stew created too sweet of a sauce; while I was expecting a more traditional beef stew gravy rather than the thin broth-like liquid that was presented. Nonetheless, we valued the creativity and uniqueness of the menu choices, and the overall meal was pleasant.
A word about the building; while the veranda was the obviously preferred place to dine, the adjacent indoor dining area was a dark, poorly lighted oak-walled traditional English pub-style series of rooms which might have felt cozy on a cold winter's night, but would have been gloomy on such a summer's night. In our view, increased intimate lighting options inside would have made that dining area more inviting to those who could not be accommodated on the veranda.
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