I've been holding off on writing this review for awhile, because I didn't want to be overly negative. The experience wasn't horrible, but it was pricey and for that reason I expected a great deal more. It's a resort (think Catskills,) so I'm sure that if we were guests of the hotel they would have treat my wife and I better. In fact, there was a family sitting near us who seemed to be resort annual regulars for which the staff went well out of their way. My wife and went there for our last night out on a week long holiday. We each ordered a salad, she ordered an entree' and I the fondue.
The salad I ordered was the charred romaine hearts salad. Imagine my surprise when what arrived was a tiny cold offering that reminded me of something one would get from a jar. It was served on a bread plate, it was cold, it was wet, there was little of it and it was not fresh in any way. It wasn't tasty either. My wife's field green salad was good, but nothing to rave about.
Next came the main course. I want to be honest, so I willingly tell you that I do not know how a traditional fondue should taste; I only know that it should have tasted like this. It was rancid. Not terribly so, but either the wine they used to make it had started to turn to vinegar or the mixture itself had been pre-made a very long time ago. The bread cubes they gave me were stale (maybe that's normal, I don't know,) and the Cornichons were unremarkable. My wife's Wiener Schnitzl was (again) good, but nothing to rave about. They served it with small bits of pasta instead of Pomme Frittes, which (while there's nothing actually wrong with this) was I thought unusual.
The service too left something to be desired. The wine (as is that case in most of Stowe) was very pricey, and when I requested a second glass the waiter totally forgot. We barely saw him actually. It was a French system, so after he took the order we didn't see him again until the meal was over.
We had an apple strudel for desert that was good, but was (yes again) nothing to rave about.
The meal cost (with drinks and tip) about $130. That's a lot for what was clearly not a fine dining experience. The resort is very pretty, and the manner in which the service is organized suggests that they once were (are striving towards) a high end reputation, but with respect to the food at least the quality just simply isn't there.
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