After hearing about this award-winning restaurant for years, we decided to make a reservation and give it a try. The place is very quaint and definitely has an old-fashioned inn ambiance.
We ordered sparkling wine and were pleasantly surprised when they were served with a generous orange twist that gave the bubbly a wonderful aroma.
The amuse bouche was a fried elk ravioli. Not a lover of game, I passed mine off to my husband who LOVES game and he said it was just OK.
I ordered sea scallops with a beet salad as an appetizer. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The orange beets were served with mixed greens and herbs. I was happy. My husband ordered the "made on premises" gravlax and he gave it a thumbs up.
The disappointment started with the main courses. I ordered the Chilean sea bass which was recommended by the waitress. It was slightly overcooked (not enough to send it back) and was served with tons of grape tomatoes that were halved and rock shrimp. All of that was served over flavorless pappardelle pasta. The entire dish was then swimming in butter. Totally unremarkable and bland. Short on the promised basil and garlic.
My husband's entree was also disappointing. Sliced lamb which was actually rather plain (served with a pistachio gremolata and hard to find roasted red peppers) and served over a lack-luster risotto.
I was looking forward to ending the meal with a special european dessert and was disappointed in the offerings: creme brule, a cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, lemon sorbet or vanilla ice cream topped with espresso. These are desserts served at any mid-scale restaurant.
On the plus side, all of the servers were very polite and friendly.
My disappointments were eased a bit at the front door, when leaving I was offered the most wonderful european-style cookies. I shamelessly took more than one and nibbled on them in the car on the way home while wishing they had offered desserts as special as the cookies.
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