It is usually a good sign when a restaurant is chef owned. That is especially true when the fellow in the kitchen is as talented and experienced as Kevin Cousins. Last Friday night we had a very fine meal on the pleasant outdoor patio of this local bistro. Befitting of a small restaurant, the menu is not panoramic. But there are daily specials in addition to a sensible selection of seasonally available fare ranging from fish to fowl, pasta to red meat. The menu descriptions may not be rhapsodic, but everything is prepared elegantly and with the finest ingredients.
The indoor dining room is cozy or claustrophobic, depending on your space requirements. The dark colors and fireplace should be warm and welcoming on a cold winter's night, and we get plenty of those. The outdoor patio, with a sliver view of Suffield's pretty skyline, was very mellow on a beautiful late summer night. Service was both friendly and capable-with some enthusiastic and helpful suggestions on menu options. A few reviewers have balked at the prices, but we thought it very fair for the quality of cooking and ingredients.
I found the wine list a bit quirky, but there were a number of bottles that were worthy of consideration and some effort to offer a range of quality wines for different budgets.
So many restaurants nowadays only make a half hearted attempt at desserts. The home made ice cream sampler alone was worth the price of admission!
We have followed Chef Cousins as he has grown and matured on the Western Mass and Northern CT dining landscape. He has moved Tosca a notch or two up the culinary ladder. We are very happy to have his restaurant in our backyard.