Vibe: Quince is part trendy bar and part friendly neighborhood eatery. There are several facets to this enigmatic venue and they are well known for delivering straight forward, honest cuisine and carefully crafted cocktails. Chef Jess Barnes adheres to a personal philosophy of sustainable "farm to table" food production and they have developed a "market kitchen" concept which mandates that they source local and seasonal produce as much as possible. They manage to successfully generate a "shabby chic" vibe and showcases an easy going mix of light colored distressed wood and iron furniture along with textured fabrics in a neutral color palate.
What to Eat & Drink: Both the wine and the signature cocktails at Quince are exceptional. They make their own in house "bitters" and create cocktails that are truly unique. We recommend the Red Pepper Caipirinha which is made from Pampero rum, fresh sweet red bell pepper, sugarcane and fresh lime. For wine, our favorite is the Domaine Alain Chabanon Coteaux du Languedoc Campredon, 2010 which is a hearty red wine that delivers a smooth clean finish. On the food side; we love the Pig Cheek Rillettes w/ Quince Paste & Pickles. It is rich and bursting with bold porky scrumptiousness. Vegetarians may enjoy the Green Beans, Hazelnut Dukkah, Pennywort & Sheep Curd which is crunchy, bright and fresh; while the Roast Cauliflower Salad w/Seeds, Grains, Pomegranate & Yogurt is a hearty offering that is boldly seasoned with Indian spices and has a myriad of interesting textures. We also recommend the Confit of Pork Belly w/ Fig, Olive & Slaw which is rich and decadent with a nice crispy skin on the top. We also tried the signature Roasted Bone Marrow w/ Parsley, Capers & Toast which is nice, but not as flavorful as other versions we have had. If you're looking for a white wine, go for the Fox Run Mc Claren Vale Chardonnay, 2010 which is fabulous when paired with the dense and chewy Ricotta Gnocchi w/Zucchini, Parmigiano, Mint & Chili or the Grilled Tuna Rare, Chickpea Salad, Radish & Sweet Corn Foam.
Insider Insights: Quince will appeal to those who like to go out to be "seen". The atmosphere in the afternoon is relaxing and quaint and all the activity in the restaurant centers around the massive bar that separates the inside dining into two distinct areas. The later in the evening it gets, the louder the music becomes and it begins to morph into an environment that is more night club than restaurant. The service is the one area where Quince could improve, as it has never been particularly fast or friendly. The quality of the food is pretty consistent, and the selection of wine and cocktails is quite impressive. Prices for food and cocktails are in the moderate range and it's easy to go out for a night with friends without overspending.