I went on May 15th for my 22nd birthday and it was a wonderful night! The food was delicious overall, service was consistent, and the atmosphere just made me want to come back during the day for a leisurely, relaxing weekend breakfast!!
It is not a fancy restaurant by any means. It really has a natural, farmy feel to it which really enhances the experience of eating the really fresh tasting foods. The waiters and waitresses are even dressed in jeans!!! The space is extremely small (12 tables) and the hostess said that reservations get filled pretty quick. The night i went, it really was not full. There is a 6 30 and 8 45 seating and reservation ARE required!!!
Now for the food (I have scanned the menu for the night, plus wine lists, and breakfast and lunch menus!!).... the main problem that i had was that there were 2 dishes that i thought were too salty. This was the braised veal that came with the soft egg yolk raviolo and the crisp atlantic skate.
For the first course, i had the spring vegetable salad. Delicious. Fresh vegetables, delicious parmesan cheese, and tangy dressing. My mom had the olive oil poached mackerel which was much more interesting than the salad. The combination of flavors was brilliant! It was really rich and the fish was just so tender.
For the second course, the raviolo dish was ABSOLUTELY delicious. If the veal is consumed at a minimal amount, the balance of the crushed fava beans and the raviolo is PERFECTION. My mom had the hand rolled Garganelli, and again this was equally delicious. The pasta was nice and al dente. It had an amazingly fresh flavor from the lemon and the cauliflower and breadcrumbs gave a crunchy texture which was a nice touch!!
For the third course, i had the crispy skate. I took one bite and had to return is because it was too salty. So they gave me the trio of pork!! Dang... it was delicious. I especially liked the pork that was wrapped in bacon... you can never have too much pig in one bite!!! Anyway, the pork was prepared in three different ways and was plated on top of a apricot sauce and swiss chard. Really really nice dish.
Now for me, the most important part of a meal... DESSERT!!! My Hilltop Farms Honey Napolean was a beautifully constructed, delicious piece of art!! A lime short bread layered with whipped cream, topped with another layer of lime shortbread cookie, with a chunky blackberry compote and topped with another lime shortbread cookie. It came with blackberry sorbet. It was really really good. My boyfriend had the PB Mousse which was good but nothing special and my mom had the cheese plate which came with this really good fig like fruit cake?
All in all, the food was REALLY REALLY good! I bet their breakfast/lunch is really good too. The portion were quite small compared to other places (perfect for me to enjoy each and every bite of everything we were served). I would love to go back!
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