Decided to head over there for dinner. I really wanted to check out the hotel and see the grounds, so dinner seemed a good way to do this in one step.
Wasn't sure what to expect, did read a bit here about the restaurant and on opentable.
Biggest disappointment was that in spite of online menu indicating that they had a $39 prix fixe 3 course dinner, they did not have one. We didn't ask if it was available on other nights, figured we were already there so what the heck.
It was virtually empty, with maybe 1/2 dozen tables occupied. It is a large dining room, not much in the way of warmth or charm. There was some kind of music being pumped in and it often sounded just like a lot of base thumping without any real music.
A nice basket of bread arrived with some ciabatta and a nice olive bread.
We started with a very nice burrata, that was served with a rye batard, delicious Wilcox Cherry tomatoes, and basil. The burrate was tasty, but should have been served at a temp closer to room temp, it was pretty cold. The tomatoes were excellent and the basil a nice touch, but only one large leaf and it would have been good to have a few more leaves; I don't think it would have killed them to serve more than one leaf.
I had Calamarata which was Chicken Cacciatore, Rosemary, Mushrooms,
Onions and Olives. It was served with some nice tubes of pasta. The dish was excellent, great flavor and just the right portion size. The chicken was most likely thigh meat and it was moist and tender.
DH had Lasagnette which was Mussels & Clam Ragu, Blue Nose Bass and Pomodorini tomatoes. It was served with pasta rags. He enjoyed it and said it was reminiscent of cioppino. A good portion too.
We split a lovely chocolate mousse served with a smear of blackberry sauce and a single blackberry.
One other odd thing - the menu in the "window" outside the front door showed slightly different versions of several dishes that were on the actual menu. DH's dish list it as having clams and shrimp. There was halibut on the outside menu, but none on the actual menu - it was swordfish. We thought how much effort would it have been to put the actual evenings menu in the display.
In spite of the no prix fixe and menu variations, we really like the meal and would recommend a visit. I gather it is a bit off the radar and off the beatn track, but maybe that isn't too bad. :o)
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