Went to Hearth for the first time on Wednesday night and generally enjoyed the experience. Got there early and had a drink at the bar; we lingered about half an hour after our reservation, and they were fine with that - it was early in the evening, and it was nice not to be rushed. It was all quite comfortable.
We were seated in the front room, which did get loud as the evening went on - it bothered my husband more than me. The waiter was perfect - helpful, attentive but not intrusive, great with the wine ( we are not that knowledgable, so didn't have the wine issues Cabrales reported - quite happy with the recommended Piedmont ) which was difficult, since I had the braised lamb and my husband ordered the cod ( note to last weeks posts on Not About Food board as per women ordering light dishes!) Both were very good, but the lamb was really outstanding, rich and flavorful, without being too gamey, though I like gamey flavors.
I started with the ballotine of chicken, ( many thanks to the Chowhound who rec. this in an earlier post!)which we both enjoyed; my husband had the game pate, which was disappointing - underseasoned and kind of weak - the one real clinker. And after asking them to take away the bread plates because we'd eaten too much of it, we asked for them back - we spread the livery center of the ballotine on the bread and shared it - it was delicious.
Desserts - the ice creams were good, but I was a little disappointed in the chocolate tart - the filling was too fluid for my taste - I would have preferred a richer, denser chocolate, but paired with peanut butter ice cream - I wasn't unhappy. And a dessert wine that I was too fuzzy at this point to remember..
So a very lovely evening, snowy outside, cosy inside; I liked it very much. They could loose the stripped shirts on the waitstaff however.
I'm looking forward to going back and trying some of the seafood selections - the octopus sounded very tempting!
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