Complimentary cheese, fruit, nuts, bread. Why complimentary? Because we waited 15 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation.
It was a good start. I like when people in the hospitality industry care about your happiness, make an effort, and say sorry when it's warranted. Kudos to the Tar & Roses staff for this.
And the night only got better.
Chicken oysters on a stick, tamarind ($7).
Charred octopus, Yukon potato, salsa verde, piquillo pepper aioli ($9).
Charred little gem lettuce, pickled sardine, burrata, dijon ($10).
Bucatini carbonara, duck egg, pancetta, Parmesan ($12).
Braised lamb belly, apple chutney ($11).
Shellfish pot -- scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp, maitake, curry ($23).
Baby broccoli, Parmesan pudding, olive oil croutons ($8).
Tar & Roses has a fairly ample vegetable section. The Parmesan pudding and olive oil croutons really made this broccoli a treat to eat.
Wood-roasted parsnips, honey, mustard, crisp pancetta ($8).
Wood-roasted whole branzino, Meyer lemon risotto ($24).
Strawberry ricotta crostata, honeycomb ice cream ($9).
Tar & Roses just for this.
Chocolate hazelnut budino, whipped yogurt, candied wheatberry ($8).
Your bill will come in this clearly labeled envelope.