Restaurants & Bars

ON20, Hartford--sheer indulgence

rudysmom | Mar 24, 200804:57 AM

DH finally took part of the day off from work last week, and we went to ON20 in the Hartford Steam Boiler building for the $35 prix-fixe lunch. we began with a comp glass of Spanish sparkling wine and an eggplant-goat cheese amuse. for apps: DH had foie gras with a ravioli that was filled with melt-in-your mouth braised beef; i had a roasted beet salad adorned with a "beet ribbon" that was almost like candy--crunchy, sweet, and bright red.
our server then brought to each of us, compliments of the chef, a tempura prawn with a seared scallop.
we were almost full at this point, but then came our mains: DH had bacon-wrapped rillette of rabbit on a bed of white beans, i had naragi with squid-ink fettucine and roasted corn in a citrus foam. everything was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.
but wait...then came a dessert amuse, a berry mousse with a dollop of lemon curd. the mousse was not frozen as we assumed, but creamy. then the dessert cart...such decisions...in addition to beignets, we tried a lemon tart, an apple tart, and a chocolate-honey gateau. when the bill came, it was accompanied by a tray of divine little chocolates.
service was warm and friendly, and courses were leisurely spaced. the sommelier steered us to some yummy wines by the glass. our wine bill ended up being almost as much as our food bill, but that's the mark of a great lunch in my book ;)
there was tasteful live piano music for part of the time (and what i appreciated was that after the pianist left, the room wasn't immediately flooded with piped-in aural junk). everything we ate was tasty, and while there were some forays into molecular gastronomy, i didn't feel like i was eating a science experiment. if you're not drinking a lot, it's an incredible value.
we got to the restaurant at 12:45 and didn't leave until 3:00, so obviously this is something we wouldn't do often, but it was a treat. if you're looking for a midday /midweek splurge, check it out.

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