Last Friday Chuck and I went to see the new space on South Euclid near the Forest Park Parkway, Siteman Center and across the street from Tom's Bar and Grill.
We were alerted to its opening by both Sauce and Feast May issues. The official opening was April 30.
First of all, the 10,000 square feet of space is sophisticated and beautiful. Sauce Magazine says it is part cafeteria, part wine bar, part fine-dining restaurant. It's a bit early to characterize it as all those things yet, but I can add that it does have a coffee and "European" chocolate bar, plus a Market Place where you can pick up a few local vegetables, fancy condiments and take-out sandwiches and entrees.
The consulting chef is Cary Neff and the executive chef is Nick Martinkovic. Open so far are the Deli Bar, where you can get very interesting salads and sandwiches, the Grill Bar, which the day we were there, was serving pastas and wood oven pizzas, that looked yummy, the afore mentioned Coffee and Chocolate Bar. In the works are an Oyster and Clam Raw Bar, and freshly rolled sushi from, according to Sauce Magazine, "Chop Shop's own Eliott Harris".
We opted for salads and found the two we chose, a Caesar and a Farmhouse with beets and goat cheese, to be fresh, ice cold and well prepared. The service was unfailingly nice, courteous and welcoming. We also had a brownie from the Coffee/Chocolate bar: don't miss it!
It's brand new, it's evolving , and it promises to be a terrific alternative Central West End eatery.
After 5PM we understand that plated service will be available.
Check it out.
CENTRAL TABLE FOOD HALL
23 South Euclid