When we made our reservation online for a special occasion dinner, we included a request for a nice chocolate dessert if possible.
When we arrived for dinner, the hostess acknowledged our special occasion. The service was great -- friendly and professional.
The bread arrived shortly after, including a really nice selection. The dark dense bread was the best, but all the breads were good. For appetizers, we had the Boston Bib Lettuce & La Tomme Goat Cheese Salad and the butternut squash soup. The soup was really amazing (I cleaned the bowl), although it was expensive. The bib salad was disappointing and much too expensive. The lettuce leaves were whole (too large), the dressing was underneath the greens, and the miniscule shavings of goat cheese were few and far between. I would not order the bib salad again, and I cringed when I heard my neighbor order the salad. So be warned about the salad!
For the mains, we had the Cumbrae's Beef Tenderloin and Willowgrove Hill Boneless Pork Chops. The beef tenderloin was well prepared and included a stupendous sauce and delicious veggies. However, the pool of potato puree on one half of the plate was reminiscent of baby food. The pork was well done with a sweet glaze and tasty sides, but not amazing.
The dessert was the biggest disappointment. We were handed the usual dessert menu, whereas we had hoped for some type of special chocolate dessert. We selected the Chestnut Mousse, but a huge dinner plate arrived with a message in chocolate all around the edges. The plate only a tiny half-dome of hard chocolate, numerous miniature melon balls of frozen pear, and a small dollop of pear sorbet. The hard chocolate crust of the dome was difficult to crack, and the chestnut mousse inside was unremarkable. But I had a couple of good decaf cappucinnos that were smooth and creamy. I'd advise skipping the dessert.
Overall, the dinner at Quartrefoil was a mixed experience. The soup, bread, beef tenderloin, and most of the veggie sides with sauce were excellent, but other items were not so great. It was just not worth the price we paid, and we will not be going back.
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