We split two of the Walnut Caesar Salads with crispy parsley, balsamic and pecorino romano. This salad was clean and simple, the addition of candied walnuts made it standout. For entree I had the Fried Chicken with cucumber, potato, red chili and buttermilk-mustard, as did another friend at the table. The three pieces of chicken were crisp, tender and well seasoned. The buttermilk-mustard was a nice addition, but the other items on the plate seemed almost like an afterthought. Another diner had the Spaghetti with braised pork, poached egg, duck and star anise broth which was proclaimed as delicious. It was gone before any bites could be shared. He especially enjoyed the star anise broth that surrounded the spaghetti. Another member of our party had the Grilled Redfish with pear and fried butternut. He too was thoroughly pleased with his choice.
For dessert, our server steered us toward the chocolate with milk bark and soy cream and I am glad he did, The chocolate had a panna cotta consistency and was rich and decadent, as chocolate should be. We also split the brioche ice cream with tonka bean and dulce de leche which tasted like a rich vanilla ice cream with a cajeta caramel underneath. Simple, fresh and not too heavy. I look forward to returning to Mettle to try their brunch menu and to linger on the outdoor patio in the evening when the cooler days of fall return. (Cathy)