Met a friend last night for an early dinner at Glory in Andover (chef is formerly of Truc).
We chose to sit in the bar when the hostess walked us through an empty dining room to a 2-top back near the kitchen. I *really* hate when they do that, especially with an empty room! When she asked if it was "OK" - I said no, and thought about asking for a table closer to the front area, but we just decided we liked the look of the bar better, and ate there. The place was empty when we got there, but quickly filled up (I think there was an after-work event happening in the private room, but there were also lots of others who filled the restaurant area).
Several glasses of a New Zealand Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc for me and a California Estrella Chardonnay for my friend. I had a appetizer of duck confit with a sweet/sour cabbage slaw and a raspberry drizzle around the plate. The duck was perfectly done - very moist and tender, but the skin could definitely have been crispier. My friend had fried calamari (funny, she won't eat duck but she loves calamari - go figure!) and said it was "just right".
For an entree, I chose a grilled swordfish on top of oven-roasted tomatoes with ultra-fried thin potato crisps on top. The swordfish was perfectly done - a nice char-grill on the outside, super moist and tender inside. I haven't had swordfish in awhile, so it was a good choice.
And I'm wondering if my friend got my veggie, as other than the oven-roasted tomatoes, I got no side veggie - so she shared her asparagus with me. She chose a roasted chicken dish, with roasted potatoes, I believe, which I can't describe anymore other than to say she very much enjoyed it. (There's no online site to point to, unfortunately). Her entree also came with a baked cauliflower/goat cheese in a ramekin dish.
For dessert, we shared a baby pineapple cake with candied pecans and burnt sugar ice cream - VERY good.
Total bill before tip came to $130...we stayed and had a bit more wine; otherwise the bill would have been closer to $110. :-)
Very friendly bar service, nice decor although the lounge furniture seems a bit odd - more of a 60s semi-modern tone than befits the overall mahoghany/brick atmosphere of the bar area, which it is next to. Alison Arnett's review noted it as the "Ikea room", and that's a good description.
19 Essex St, Andover
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