A friend and I stopped in for dinner during the week, on the way back from Buffalo. We'd never been before, and we thought we'd be in for a real treat. The setting was beautiful, the decor lovely, the service impeccable, but the food...
The menu was well-written, the type of menu that leaves the diner wanting to try everything. From sweetbreads with foie-gras raviolo to start, to a napoleon of salmon, scallops and lobster for main, to apple raspberry crumble with whiskey ice cream for dessert, it all sounded lovely.
Aside from the desserts (the crumble and a pumpkin cheesecake served with sour cream sorbet), which were not overly sweet and had great flavour balance, the meal was mediocre. The lobster (?) bisque was overwhelmed by a nasty smoked tomato salsa, rendering the creamless soup acrid. An appetizer of salsify three-ways lacked cohesion. A main of rib-eye done two-ways featured rib-eye that was almost cold, with a vegetable hash and spinach pesto: no flavour balance, no textural interest. The salmon napoleon (a special of the day) featured very thin slices of overcooked salmon serving as "feuilles" for sauteed spinach and the most minuscule pieces of lobster and scallops imaginable.
Has anyone had any experiences at Inn on the Twenty recently? Was it better when the Olsons were in charge?
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