Went to dinner at on the marsh on saturday night... to start, the place is set on a gorgeous marsh, the setting is quite beautiful.
We went in, were met by cheerful staff, and taken to our table- second floor, right at the window- very nice. The waitress came over to take a drink order and told us the specials- now, this is fussy, but I'd like to have the cocktail, look over the menu, and then hear the specials, but whatever. One of the dishes had red himlayan rice. my dining partner asked, "what is that?" and the waitress stumbled and said, "well, it's red. I don;'t think it tastes red, but I'm not sure..."
we smiled and listened to the rest. I still don't know about the rice.
the amuse was a grape rolled in goat cheese, then in chopped pecans- very yummy. memory check- I'll do that sometime for app's at a party.
I had the mussels with garlic cream sauce for the first course- and they were wonderful. served with the necessary spoon for the sauce, I especially loved the grilled baguette served with it. they were fresh, plump, and delicious. the sauce, wonderful. I could have just had that and been very very full. my dining partner had the foie gras tureen with brioche and cranberry chutney, some frizee. very yummy. and the serving size, again, was ample enough to stop there. I have to admit, I was so wowed by the richness of the foie gras and the cranberry, I swapped halfway through (I'm not a swapper, but the mussels were that good).
I had the duck for a main course- it was served with a saffron sauce that was just sweetned enough and spicey enough to highlight the ducks richness and not hide it. the side was a playful fried and creamed cauliflower - little fried bits with on top of a puree- which, again, let the sauce and duck shine, but was good flavor.the duck was a medium, not medium rare, but not enough to send it back- I hate to make other people wait. the other half had the seared tuna- and it was seared perfectly- rare- and had a side of green beans, creamer potatoes, and I'm not sure what else- I was too full to try. But it was, I am told, delicious.
I couldn't bear dessert, but you know I did. we split the trio of creme brulee- I dunno, maybe I was just too stuffed, but the lemon and expresso versions were overly sweet, and the vanilla was the best, but just okay. the expresso was perfect, served with a twist of lemon without having to ask- and my favorite- sugar cubes. I love sugar cubes.
Huge portions. good service- not fabulous, but very comfortable. the whole experience was very comfortable, and the food very good. But On the Marsh is no Arrows. there was no cheese course- I love cheese- the wine list was only okay, and there wasn't the same elegance to the room, to the staff or to the food. I will continue to have my love/hate relationship with Arrows. The prices at On the Marsh, however, were much better. and everyone is right, you don't leave hungry.
and I think that is rare up here. food being equal to the price. On the Marsh absolutely delivers. it is a great place to go.