Formerly: Filled with light wood paneling, carved wood screens, wavy cherry blossom-upholstered banquettes, mod black lacquer and stainless bar stools, this is a sleek playground for Gold Coast gliteratti.
But you don't have to be rich or famous to pamper your palette with this rich menu of seasonally focused eats including a soulful Fred Flintstone-like pork chop girded with cranberry stuffing, spicy apple chutney, roasted fingerling potato salad and sautéed rapini, or amish chicken breast and funky perfumed truffle gnocchi with wild mushrooms.
While entrees tend to honor a farm-to-table philosophy, appetizers are more modern sexy Asian-inspired bites including crab saffron fondue, chili spiced ale steamed mussels, and spicy duck confit spring rolls that meld with raw and full sushi bar offerings that reflect the previous incarnation of the restaurant as a Pan-Asian eatery.
Like the food, the crowd here, an assortment of hipsters, tourists, and neighborhood denizens, is eclectic.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Michael Nagrant