Since we were early, we ordered drinks, studied the menu, and marveled at the transformation from Taste of Dahntahn into Grit & Grace. So much better.
|Arsenal Cider & Dark & Stormy|
In addition to the menu, a server brings around a tray of already prepared dim sum, describes them, and you can select what you want ($5/each). Food ordered from the menu comes out as it is ready, so there is no course 1, course 2, etc. It's a parade of beautifully presented deliciousness.
I had been a bit apprehensive about Grit & Grace because it seemed like an awful lot of the dishes had garlic, curry, chili, cilantro, hoisin, kimchi - all bad for my tummy. I asked our server if an ingredient could be left off of a dish and she said yes.
There was a lot of food on our table. SP & I ordered our dishes and shared while S & R ordered their choices and shared. I took photos of everything (they are used to me doing this now!). Since I didn't try everything, I can't comment on everything, but I will say that we all really enjoyed what we ate.
Here's what was on the table:
|Crispy Sweetbreads (from dim sum tray)|
|Short ribs, cream cheese biscuits, aged white cheddar cheese, hollandaise|
|Roasted Brussels Sprouts, sheep milk cheese, fish sauce (from dim sum tray)|
|Duck Heart Pate (something like that!) (from dim sum tray)|
|Seared Flap Steak, crispy cheesy potatoes, kimchi braised cauliflower, black garlic steak sauce|
|Iceberg Salad, pickled fennel & cucumber, red onion, ginger & miso vinaigrette, horseradish crisp|
|Crispy Pig Face Roulade, sunnyside up egg, Napa cabbage slaw, chicharrons, egg yolk hot sauce, toasted sourdough, miso apple butter|
|Pork Belly (from dim sum tray)|
|Dayboat Scallops, lobster dumpling, parsnip, miso dashi, hoisin|
|Coffee & Cereal dessert (according to receipt). I call it Fruity Pebbles & Chocolate dessert|
Dessert. There are 2 intriguing options. We each shared the same one and I cannot remember the other option. This was some kind of fruity pebbles dessert. It was supposed to have coffee favor, I thought, but I didn't taste coffee. I liked the round balls of chocolate and the white sauce - it was like a melted vanilla ice cream with crumbled fruity pebbles in it. I didn't like the texture of the squares - they were like fruit roll ups. It was strange because it was one of those dishes that I didn't really like, I kept taking bites, trying to figure it out, I wasn't sure about it, but I kept eating another spoonful and then another spoonful, and even as I didn't really like the fruity pebbles, I wanted more of them. It was like my love-hate relationship with chips, specifically Doritos.
We would definitely go back to Grit & Grace but perhaps not have dessert - maybe another dim sum or another item off the menu. I probably could have eaten more Brussels sprouts or short rib biscuits - they were so good! I left a little surprised at how much the meal cost - it all added up and made sense, but perhaps because it wasn't a traditional 3-4 course meal it didn't feel like it was going to be that much. Plus, we ordered alcoholic beverages.
Our server was terrific, explaining items, answering questions, and I definitely give them points for finding us a table after first directing us to a booth.