We had been fans of Embeya in the past, so when we discovered that the chef had opened a new restaurant, we were excited to try it. The food is brilliant, and so gorgeously crafted that once you factor in the labor that went into it, as in, there's no way that you could reproduce this on your own, the cost is actually not that high. I've eaten way more expensive food that was not nearly this good.
They recommend that each person order two or three dishes, as portions tend to be on the small side. We went with another couple, and I had thought that I was suggesting dishes for the entire table, and giving a starting point. When the other couple wanted to order completely different dishes, it turned out that we probably had ordered a touch too much, but even so, going back, I couldn't think of anything that I would have wanted to omit, other than I'd have probably gotten the steamed rice instead of the fried rice. Not that the fried rice wasn't good, but steamed rice makes a better backdrop against food entrees that are so flavorful. If you get the vegetarian curry, be warned that it does not come with rice, so plan to order it on the side.
The green papaya salad is wonderful, and we also got the turnip cakes, beef ribeye, chicken wings, fried tofu, roasted cauliflower, and the aforementioned fried rice. Of them, the fried rice was the only one that I could say that didn't stand out in any particular way.
One oddity is that the table tops are warped. Apparently it happened after shipment from Vietnam, and the current situation is that the food slides toward the middle of the table. It's not an unworkable situation, as it doesn't have that far to go, but it seemed that it was a quirk worth mentioning. We were told that the table replacements have been ordered, so perhaps by the time you eat there, the table tops will be flat again. However, even if you have to chase your food, it will be worth the pursuit. :)
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