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Ellsworth is a Mixed Bag

sarafinadh | May 10, 201801:32 PM    

We did Ellsworth with a party of three, two of us very small eaters. That was about the right sized party for everyone getting enough on the small plates.

Tonight's menu offered a Quinoa Salad with yogurt with grapefruit imperials, pickled onions, and radish, along with some greens. The flavours were good, but you had to be careful to compose the bites well. Otherwise the sour yogurt and the bitter tang of the quinoa was meh. The sweetness of the grapefruit brought it all together. The Quinoa needed to have been soaked and rinsed better and then toasted before being cooked. That would have been a big step up.

A White asparagus dish with pecans and rhubarb was good, but again, attention to detail would have suggested that the pecans be toasted to bring out the depth of flavour in a dish that was a bit overboard on a very acidic vinaigrette.

The baby squash with the stuffed flowers were filled with a lovely savory melty cheese, lightly battered tempura style and delicious. I could eat this all night long.

The trout caviar and tarragon cream was scrumptious. I found the polenta chips served with it greasy and lacking salt. I left the chips for my companions and used bits of bread to wipe up the eggs and sauce.

The Fried Chicken was the bomb. Seriously. Despite the batter being a bit to peppery for my taste, that was the moistest, crispest, least greasy fried chicken I have had. The herbed buttermilk take on a ranch was cooling and tasty, but the chicken was good on its own. I liked the fresh sweet pickles, one other dinner partner didn't, one did.

Smoked Eel on rich creamy potatoes with tart green apples and the oxalic acid of the clover leaves was fresh and delicious. Very satisfying.

The raw milk pannacotta with the lychee and crushed honeycomb (candy, not bees) we really lovely, creamy and smooth pannacotta and sweet tart notes in the topping. Really nice.

One glass of wine and the check was €92.

They only have seating for 22 or 24 I think, so small. We arrived for early dinner at 19:00. They were mostly filled by the time we left and the noise was not a problem, guess we got lucky with an early crowd. Service was swift and friendly. Almost too swift, but not quite. They clearly are all about English. Everyone spoke it and the menus seemed to all be in English and almost all of the parties were speaking English, but it didn't have a big tourist vibe, so maybe more Expats?

Not crazy good, but respectable and interesting with a few real high notes and no disasters.

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