We were on vacation primarily to drive from DC to Atlanta via the Parkway. However, we diverted so that we could dine in this restaurant.
We stayed at the Foster Harris House B&B just a few minutes walk away - see separate review - which we recommend.
On arrival at the restaurant we were greeted very warmly and shown to our table. Jess, our waiter for the evening, then introduced himself and guided us through our menu (personalised with your name which you take away with you at the end of the evening - nice touch). I have to say that he is superb and a craftsman at his trade. Puts you at ease, very knowledgeable on wine and helped us with our wine selection and beautifully explained each course as it was brought to the table.
We dined on a Thursday evening and the prices were $168 for the 4 course menu and $218 for the gastronaut menu. I understand it may be more expensive on a Friday and Saturday. We elected the gastronaut menu. There was the option to have paired wine with each course for about another $100 per person but as we are light drinkers elected for a bottle instead.
The menu comprises of 10 courses but we had a couple of amouse bouche courses prior to starting together with regular deliveries of fresh baked bread! Not to worry as each course is designed to allow you to experience the flavour and taste of the creation rather than weigh you down with volume.
Our favourite courses were:
Spicy sesame-crusted ahi tuna tartare with cucumber sorbet
Seared New England day boat scallop with curried cauliflower, sultanas and garlic chips
Breast of pheasant on savoy cabbage braised in champagne
Seared blackened loin of beef with bone marrow custard, chanterelle mushrooms and baby brussels sprouts
We would recommend the gastronaut menu as it allows you to experience the whole range of what the kitchen has to offer.
The courses were nicely spaced out with nothing rushed. The service throughout from all the staff was professional, efficient and very warm and relaxing.
We have dined in many Michelin starred restaurants and this is the equal of most and better than some. The one thing which does stand out though is the price. They do have a fantastic product but they do charge a premium for it. Our cost was roughly $625 for 2 people with 1 bottle of wine, tax and gratuity. Were we glad we went? Yes, of course. When we travel the world it would be a shame to miss out when such a restaurant is within reach.
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