The energy and interest exhibited by head chef Riki Day at Urban Eatery is a delight, his willingness to share his ideas with customers is evident as he presents each dish from the well-resolved fusion menu. Combine that with owner Matt Bouterey (pictured above right with Riki Day) on the floor and you are in for a very special experience. You might try perfectly caramelized slices of ox tongue, brined and fermented black beans, with nuggets of pickled shiitake and crispy sharp garlic crisps. The portion sizes are generous and the drinks complement the food and showcase local producers. More than anything, the attention to detail in each dish, the concern about the quality of the ingredients and the experimentation and innovation in the execution makes for exciting eating.

IN BRIEF Casual friendly spot with freshness and charm