Thought I would share my experience with du Glace from last evening.
We decided on a Wed nite becuse we thought it would be pretty quiet. Well for a Wed in Deep River it was pretty busy. They had about 7-8 full tables going from about 7 - 9:30.
Now I thought the service was very accomodating and timely - if not particularly knowledgeable about the menu items or the kitchen and wines.
We had some starters and a main course and split a dessert between 2 of us.
While we watied and made up our minds - they presented up with a small plate of gruyere puffs - very light , tart and tasty!
The starters were onion soups , bacon/leek tart and mesclun salads. I had ordered an onion soup.
This is a white onion soup - which I have never had before - it is a cream base but was very flavorful and the crouton was crispy and the cheese was a tart gruyere. The soup was a bit heavier than I really care for - but it was good. I do not think I would order it again if I were ordering a full meal there. Maybe if I were planning on just ordering 2 starters for my meal - this soup would be great.
They brought out a french bread for the table - which was ok - not great ( I have to admit - since I knew the chef - owner here was the original chef that started up the PIPS bistro at the Copper Beech Inn - I was expecting the same crunchy french bread - but it was not)
My dinner mates ordered the salad and it looked very fresh and they said it was tasty - it looked like something I might try the next time I go in.
The bacon leek tart had greens on the side, looked nicely prepared and was throughly enjoyed by my other dinner companion.
Well - we ordered the Grilled duck with wild rice risotto and steak and frites.
The grilled duck was in a red wine sauce reduction made with spices and fruits. It was cooked perfectly, the sauces was a great counterpoint to the gaminess of the duck and the wild rice risotto had a delicate crunch - that made the meal a bit more special.
Other meal selection ordered was steak and frites. The report was it was a good steak - but again I gave to say the frites were kind of ordinary looking , although I didn't ask so as not to ruin my companions eating experience - they looked like frozen fries to me ?
(again - my experience at PIPS with the frites came into play here I must admit - there the frites were more delicately cut strips of crisply fried potatoes) .
Both the steak and duck were prepared rare as requested.
We ordered off the wine list and got an Austrailian Shiraz - - it was very nice and went well with all our meals.
We split a Pear Frangipane for dessert (just to tast - we were all too full) which had a delicate crust, a light almond taste and we enjoyed it.
Now the coffee - well - that was kind of watery & luke warm - but I did not send it back - because all I wanted was a taste of coffee anyway to finish off the meal, not to linger over.
None of us were able to finish our main courses - and they were wrapped for us to take home. So the portion sizes , while not overwhelming - were more than adequate for a big appetite if you bring one.
Now , the prices were a bit steeper than I would have expected for the main courses (esp for Deep River) running about from $18 ( for a Coq au Vin for example) - $28. The starters were pretty reasonably priced for the quality - from about $6 - $11 and desserts were in that same price range.
( Largely because when we met at one of the friends home before going to take one car - we were treated to a great appetizer prepared for us out of Sarah Chase's Cold Weather Cooking book - also yummy)
Now I predict that du Glace has a shot at staying around for awhile once they get their act and menu together for the local audience. Deep River is not Chester
- - but this is way less pretensious than the Restarount du Village in Chester and PIPS in Ivoryton .
It has a much smaller choice of items than say - Cafe Routier in Westbrook.
BUT - the cooking is some of the best of have had in the shoreline area
they have paid special attention to re-furbishing and decorating an old Main Street storefront in Deep River so that when you step inside, the ambiance is very soothing and the coloring and paintings on the wall make you feel you are truly in a french bistro.
All the tables around us seemed to be enjoying their meals and service - so that is always another good sign.
They have a small bar up front which also had a small crowd of about 6-7 people for mid week .
I would defintely RECOMMEND giving du Glace a try and suggesting it to your friends.
I will likely stop by the bakery during the day sometime soon and see what they have to offer there as well!