Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Mrs. K's Toll House in Silver Spring for a special occasion last Tuesday. Had never heard of the place- right along a busy intersection on Colesville Road, but surrounded by soothing gardens and a haven compared to the bustle outside!
Started with warm, yeasty rolls- beautiful to look at with shiny tops and a tender, flaky interior.
I chose the escargot to start- wonderful, garlicky, buttery, not the least bit tough, sauteed with mushrooms. The accompaning toast points were used to clean the plate! Companion had the french onion soup-delicious concotion accented, not overwhelmed, by a topping of melted cheese.
Salad course-I chose pear and mesclun salad with roquefort. The pears were too sweet for my taste-it appears they were poached (maybe canned?) Otherwise, the salad was dressed nicely with an ample sprinkle of cheese. Dining companion had the house salad- didn't note it as outstanding, but seemed to enjoy excepting the mealy pink tomato slices.
The main courses were beautifully presented. Lamb chops glazed in syrah reduction was delicious- perfectly cooked medium-rare, resting on a mound of buttery smashed potatoes, and complemented by nicely- cooked baby carrots and slender green beans. Amazing. Dining companion had a dish of veal cutlet stuffed with crab imperial. A bit bland, and the veal seemed a little dry, but certainly decadent! The same carrots and green beans added vibrancy to the plate.
For dessert- I had a lovely creme brulee, very straighforward rendition, but excellent. Companion chose Toll House Pie- basically two thick slices of cookie cake accompanied by peppermint ice cream and hot fudge sauce. Very rich, but very good.
Service was friendly, unobtrusive, and helpful. Meal lasted a leisurely 2 hours, but we weren't in any rush. It was nice to relax in candlelight with soft music and quiet conversation (though it was 7:30 on a Tuesday night- might be busier on the weekends.)
Also hard to beat the price- meals ran about $25-$35, including a choice from the wide selection of appetizers, a salad course, and dessert (though several of the desserts would incur a surcharge.)
If anyone plans to go, I hope your experience is as nice as mine!