When I saw that SBE was associated with XIV, I honestly expected a sleazy restaurant, complete with overpriced food/drinks, a snobby waitstaff and one really shitty menu.
Quite the opposite, however. Food is terrific, the waitstaff is bend-over-backwards-friendly, and prices are extremely affordable. At $8 per dish, you can pick and choose your own tasting menu--we had 11 dishes and that was plenty. If you want to leave the decision-making to the kitchen, there are 4 set tasting menus on the menu ranging from $55 for 8 courses to $250 for 35 courses.
What we liked the most: bay scallops tempura, sunchoke soup, beef carpaccio, pumpkin dumplings, hazelnut milk dessert.
XIV reminded that it never hurts to be pleasantly surprised--like every morning, when I look into the mirror.
(More pics after the jump)
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