--5 Snaps! You MUST go!
I really hope I don't start sounding like one of those snotty food snobs. Many of them feign contempt or use the word unctuous too much. But, I just really love experiencing culinary arts! I recently visited the Blue Hill restaurant in New York City and every bite of every taste of every course is scrutinized and developed to perfection. I'm not sure that I have the sophistication to pick up every nuance the chef intended with that six course dinner, but it was the best food experience I've ever had. I returned to Tampa preoccupied with finding a similar experience.
I've been to Rooster & the Till before, and have photographed their uber talented James Beard award-winning chef Farrell Alvarez. That was years ago and my appreciation for food has increased significantly. On our recent visit, as we did at Blue Hill, we ordered the Chef's Tasting Menu where the kitchen prepares a six course dinner of their choosing. We also chose the wine pairing option as well.
I won't go into great detail about the excellence of this place because it has all been said in other reviews and frankly I don't think I the have talent to do it justice. For this blog I will let the photos tell most of the story. (Wow, it is hard to get good photos in a dark restaurant!) What I will tell you is if you have a great appreciation for food, not just for the taste but the presentation and nuance that comes from an award-winning kitchen, this is the place in the bay area. Attention goes into every detail, the service staff is top-notch, the atmosphere is energized, and you can get an up close view of the kitchen staff as they prepare dishes by sitting at the counter. It is a foodie paradise.
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