Just finished a wonderful meal at the Marsh Tavern.
The Marsh is the hotel restaurant for the Equinox Resort and Spa. Mornings the space is a breakfast buffet, afternoons it's a pub with pubfare: shepherd's pie, burgers, salads, sandwiches etc.
But it really shines at night with an interesting and varied menu. The signature bread box arrived with corn bread, whole wheat rye and french loaf. It was paired with vermont butter and jalepeno jelly.
Starters: beet salad and new england clam chowder. The beets, arugola and chevre were well dressed with a vinagrette. As a previously noted the chowder is not thickened - only clams, potato and bacon. Stock is full flavoured and creamed - no hint of flour or starch.
Also ordered the three game sausage plate as a shared appetizer: wild boar, bison and duck. Very tasty with the house sauerkraut and mustard.
Mains were the seared duck breast and atlantic boullabaisse. The latter arrived with saffron butter and fresh bread. The only off note was the duck breast - salty and a bit over done.
Dessert was a very nice apple crumble in a hot skillet. A very nice finish to a pretty good meal.
The service was timely and efficient with appropriate recommendations. Water glasses were filled quickly. The dining room was lively and animated. Lots of young families and large groups. The dining room could use a facelift - some of the tables and chairs could be replaced.
Total: 130.00 - good value.