The new girls in town get all the attention, eh? After more than six years, Corner Table has been given a little zhooszh, a little buff, a little lipstick and a kiss from chef/owner Scott Pampuch. I took in a little preview dinner to check out the new digs.
The green tones have been swapped out for earthy colors with Tangletown Garden accents of real foliage: fern fronds, birch trees, and bark, oh my. Photos from Tour de Farm events adorn wooden planks on the wall and there's a deli case by the front door carrying some favorite local products and house-butchered meats, available for purchase on the go. Overall, the effect is quite nice, contemporary but still farmy.
To go along with the make-over, The Pampuch has launched a new menu. A little Au Bon Canard duck confit with poached egg was a lovely starter, and the lamb tartare turned my college kid into a "lamb fan". There's also a fun little "chicken ball" which consisted of beer battered chicken confit, sitting on a squiggle of savory funnel cake with a creamy slaw. Mains include these little spare ribs with hoppin' john cakes in smoked collard greens. They were crispy, meaty, messy and served to us on paper. Tasting menus come in three or five courses and consist of whatever the kitchen feels like sending out that night. The kitchen table tasting, a marathon of courses that ends when you throw in the white towel, runs $125 per person.