Special occasion restaurants seem to be labeled that way mainly for their prices. This is where you go when you want to party. But Six Tables really makes you feel special the moment you walk through the door. Exclusivity plays a role (it only seats about 20 people), as does its high-end prix fixe menu ($109+ per person) — but it’s so much more than that.
We were warmly greeted and shown to our table, where a glass of sparkling wine appeared as a welcome gift. Husband and wife chef-owners Tom and Jenny Finn extended their cheerful hospitality, starting the evening with a tantalizing explanation of the menu. Dimly lit chandeliers, burgundy velvet curtains and Sinatra’s sweet words further set the mood and set us up for a memorable evening that was anything but pretentious.
The Finns bought the decades-old restaurant from its original owners about two years ago and have not only continued their dedication to fine dining, but made it their own with a few twists. The first is the warm and soft bread, Jenny’s secret family recipe, completed with a butter with honey and Provencal herbs. I had to force myself to stop eating it.
The amuse-bouche, a small but flavorful trio, included a creamy pate on crostini, a bite of seared sea bass topped with a dollop of horseradish, and a juicy Korean chicken dumpling. The first course was a choice of lobster bisque or roasted butternut squash soup. My squash soup, topped with cinnamon crème fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds, was rich without being overly sweet and warmed my heart.
There was a salad dish before the ginger pear granita, a zest cure that indeed delighted the palate. Choices for the main course included filet with mushroom demi-glace, roast rack of lamb in a splendid black cherry reduction, crispy yet tender duck with bourbon pecan glaze, grouper in a beurre blanc with capers, or my choice: braised boneless short ribs in a Burgundian Dijon jus that is both sweet and salty in the best possible way.
After a hot towel service, dessert was served. The table shared a hot and gooey apple pie à la mode, a butterscotch crème brûlée topped with caramel popcorn and chocolate pistachio cannoli. You can also complement your dessert with an after-dinner port, late harvest wine, or espresso.
Although the menu is seasonal – the exact dishes I savored may not yet be on the menu when you dine – rest assured that whatever the Finns prepare for you, it will be truly special and made with love.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO:
CAR PARK: Parking lot
HOURS: Thu.-Sat., evening service at 7 p.m.
PRICES: Fixed price menu $109 (excluding drinks, tax and tip)
112 NE Second St., Boca Raton; 561/347-6260; sixtablesarestaurant.com
This story is from February 2022 issue of boca magazine. To learn more, click here to subscribe to the magazine.