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Concord, NH - Centennial Inn - "Phenominal!" (review)

lexpatti | Jan 27, 200804:30 AM

It's actually called the Granite Room in the Centennial Inn on pleasant street. Wow, wow, wow. It was unanimous (9 of us) that the food, presentation, ambiance and the service (Chris) was over the top. My pet peeve is customer service & hospitality - Chris got a 10+ on my score card. I would bet $1000, he makes fantastic tips and he's been in fine dining for years, sharpening his hospitality skills. Ok, the food. Others started with the seafood chowder, butternut squash bisque, mussels in a creamy coconut base, oysters three way - and they were all raving and moaning. Hubby and I both got one of our favorites - Tuna tartare. It was so fantastic, mixed w/ ginger hoisin hints and layered (3) crisp wonton triangles (nice dollop on each). Several got salads and were very impressed. Hubby got a nice one with a light citrus vinagrette, with orange segments, dates and parmesan. Very nice options in that many of the entrees could be ordered half or full. I got this totally fabulous pasta dish (paparadelle) with shrimp, sundried tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms in a sherry wine cream sauce. What was really awesome, it wasn't swimming in the sauce, just hint - it was actually much lighter than I had expected. I was very pleased - nice size shrimp, it was excellent. Hubby got a fantastic venison steak - I'm not sure I've had venison before but this was sooooo tender and tasty, can't wait to have it again. It was one of the specials and came with a nice herbed potato and seasoned swiss chard and parsnips. The presentation was a kodak moment. Others, again raving, were the filet with potato gratin, asparagus, prosciutto and lump crab salad with a béarnaise sauce - (if he was sitting next to me, I'd begging for a sample), NY Strip with a brown sugar rub, olive oil mashed potatoes, steamed broccolini and a sherry wine demi glace (again, he was too far away to steal a bite but I wanted to for sure), and a few people got appetizers as their meal: Black Bean Taquitos and Duck Confit Tostada. Only a few of us saved room for dessert: hubby and I shared a fantastic carrot cake, awesome rich & moist flavors, nice creamy frsting (cr cheese of course). They called it Cafe Indigo's famous Carrot Cake (must be a local bakery). Sis got this fantastic bananas beignets with vanilla ice cream and rum carmel sauce. Dad was moaning over his sour cream lemon pound cake. Oh, their famous boston cream pie was loved by all.

We sat in this great room with a huge square table - excellent for socializing with everyone instead of those just closest to you. The Clinton's were recently dining there at our table. My 6 year old neice would have been in heaven knowing she could sit where Hilary was - she may know more about politics than I (sad to say) since she is closely following this race.

If you go, request Chris - fantastic, professional, knowledgable, pleasant, PHENOMINAL!!!! He is the one.

When you compare going into Boston to some of the finest - you need to put this place in that catagory, if not ahead. We were soooo pleased with the check. We've spent more at some of the finest and were not as pleased. Boston's actually closer for us, but this is sooo worth the drive. Check it out for yourself. http://www.graniterestaurant.com/

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