Heirloom is located in The Study Hotel. I was staying there for a conference and never intended to eat there for three meals...but I did.
The first afternoon I arrived, I had a salad in the bar for lunch. I'm not a salad person, as I don't eat lettuce or tomatoes. I had the New England Chopped Salad, which was described as: Honey crisp apples, currants, brussel sprouts, goat cheese, wheatberries & cranberries, cider citronette. The one thing I'd recommend is a bit less of the wheatberries. This came in a large bowl and could have served four hearty eaters. Okay, I managed to get through more than half but I had been in airports and on planes for six hours. Everything was "chopped" or shredded, and the dressing was subtle and tart.
For dinner that night, I went down especially for the bouillabaise, which was not being served that night. So, I had the Northeast Sea Scallops, with caramelized spaghetti squash, sage, capers, citrus, and sultanas. Brilliant choice. Three large scallops on a bed of squash that was cooked to perfection (I've never really liked spaghette squash but this I will try to replicate), with the rest in a sauce.
For dessert, which I didn't need, I ordered the cookies. This was not a good experience. I asked what they were and was told they were usually two chocolate chip, a white chocolate with hazelnuts, and two oatmeal raisin. I asked if I could have one oatmeal and the rest chocolate. First, I got only one oatmeal raisin. I explained that I wanted the chocolate cookies, too. Ended up with four chocolate chips. Communication was not working. It was a bit loud but not that bad.
Two nights later, I had picked a restaurant outside but stopped to see if the bouillabaise was on the menu. It was, so I ate in. To start, there was a strawberry caprese, with burrata and arugula, sliced strawberries, and reduced balsamic vinaigrette. The burrata, a treat I just discovered on this trip, was so creamy, and the strawberries and balsamic were perfect foils.
The bouillabaisse has lobster, shrimp, mussels & monkfish in saffron lobster broth w. sherry, cilantro & dill. They got me at the saffron broth and I was not disappointed. Huge chunks of lobster and monkfish, tons of shrimp and Prince Edward mussels in the shell. There was toasted bread to dip but I barely got through the fish. Again, a meal I could have shared...but I ate it myself.
My one star off is mostly for service and atmosphere. It's so dark in there I could hardly read the menu. I think it is commencement weekend at Yale, so there were a lot of loud parties. I can live with that but I'd rather not. Also, the seats by the window are too chilly for me. I'm a wimp but I don't like to be cold.
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