We have eaten at Firebox a few times, and have yet to have a bad meal there. As much as possible, ingredients are sourced from local farmers, which they then build the menu around. With this week being the annual Taste of Hartford week, there was a prix fixe (fixed price) three course menu for $28.13 (usually at other restaurants, it is $20.13). I took the prix fixe and was not disappointed.
First course was a corn bisque with aoli oil and jalapeno. The jalapeno heat was barely discernible (a good thing, even though I love spicy hot foods) and the body of the bisque was perfectly balanced.
Main course consisted of duck ravioli in a mild cream sauce and bitter greens The greens balanced out the richness of the duck perfectly, while the cream sauce was neutral. The duck's flavors did not come out as much as I would have liked; it was also a bit salty. I woiuld have liked to have had something to bring out the dish better, be it (spicy) heat, cilantro or fresh basil.
Dessert was a thin sponge cake topped with blueberries and a strawberry drizzle over it; a little too sweet, but very delectable.
One of my companions had the grilled salmon, and it was perfectly done - well chargrilled with the smoky, firm flavor shining through. Overcooking salmon is extremely easy to do, but that was definitely not the case here.
Service was excellent and prompt, however we never felt rushed or had to wait for wait staff to take care of us.
Drinks were excellent; the bill (three prix fixes and drinks) came up to just about $150. As much as I needled the dishes served, this was well worth the money.
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