A restaurant I had planned to dine at for the first time cancelled my reservation a day in advance due to unforeseen circumstances. I managed to secure a last-minute reservation at Atera. It had been about 18 months since my last visit. It was a Saturday night, so I was a little surprised that a spot was available for the early seating. But it was there on Opentable.com, so I took it. Once I booked it, I was committed, since they have a 48-hour cancellation policy.
I was seated soon after arriving. It looked like there were a few staff changes, but also some familiar faces. They did remember that I had been there before. I had a side seat this time (despite what they said about solo diner placement the last time). We started with a hot towel to freshen up.
The wine list by the glass seemed longer than the last time. They also offered both a standard pairing and premium pairing (but no explicit premium by the glass offerings). I went with a glass of the Puligny-Montrachet (from a magnum), which was premium enough.
We started the menu off with a beverage of lime snow and warm juniper foam.
Fermented mushrooms and burgundy truffle were served on a crispy waffle as the next small bite.
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