100 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill
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Originally reviewed by Greg Cox on 11/8/2013
“Five: Number of courses in the chefs’ tasting menu. That’s not including the complimentary dishes that will come your way, from the multiple amuses at the beginning of the meal (recently, a sweet-and-savory trio of madeleines, macarons and a whimsical riff on Pop-Tarts) to the “cookies and cream” bonbon at the end. Highlights of the current tasting menu include parsnips in brown butter with cocoa gnocchi; pimenton-poached grouper with okra jam and “hazelnuts like chickpeas” (referring to their texture, presumably achieved through the culinary wizardry of molecular gastronomy); and “beef in chrysanthemum crust, ” an inspired dish that’s at once exotic and comforting.
“The chefs shop daily at area farmers’ markets, so the entire menu (including tastings) evolves with the season. Rest assured, though, that regardless of what’s in the offing, the meal will be from start to finish the best $50 you’ll spend.”
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