We stayed at the Emerson for a long weekend. So we had ample opportunity to sample ...
The restaurant at the Emerson is decorated in a few different styles - African, Victorian, Persian, and Asian -- reflecting the decor of the rooms. The staff is young, very nice and mostly CIA trained. In general, the restaurant is mainly older couples on weekend retreats or younger couples celebrating anniversaries. There is some music in the background (ez listening/contemporary jazz) but in general, the room is very very quiet.
Dinner menu is local ingredients with french preparation. Meat with some sort of fruit sauce or fruit accent. Desserts all contain fruit or nuts.
Surprisingly good considering the area ... but expensive, like the inn.
- Amuse bouches were good but not memorable. Creme fraiches with white fish and caviar was good. Deep fried goat cheese on something was so-so.
- Appetizers were ok as well.. The sauteed foie gras is a massive portion a little gooeier than i would have liked. To be honest, i
- Entrees. The gingerbread crusted fillet of beef wasthe best entree. We also had the trout with vermicelli and spring veges, red snapper, lamb, and something else. All were pretty good. Side of spinach is memorable. mmmm ... so fresh, with just a touch of garlic and butter.
- Dessert. I think we only had dessert the first night. I had a chocolate godiva "shot" with passionfruit souffle. The chocolate was a great balance to the souffle. Though souffle was a little more liquid-y than i prefer.
Tea at the Emerson is lovely. 3 tiers of sandwiches, scones, lemon bars, cookies, cremes. Heavy on the sweet side.
Breakfast was my favorite meal. Pastries (the croisants were memorable, the pain au chocolat and danishes were ok), toast, fruit bowl (just berries if you want), omelettes or eggs, crepes or pancakes, and yogurt. Yes, that's all just one meal!
To sum it up ... yum. Worth going for a special treat. The service is excellent but slooooow. However we also enjoyed our meal at The Bear Cafe.