Restaurants & Bars

Report from Hemingway's in Killington VT

Shooley | Mar 21, 200805:54 AM

I wanted to report back on my recent dinner at Hemingway's. We went with two other couples and we all had appetizers and entrees, but only one of us had dessert as the rest of us were stuffed. The menu is deceptively simple: they don't waste a lot of ink describing every flavor sensation you're going to get from each dish. All in all, the food was extremely well prepared and nuanced. The service was impeccable and attentive. They do have a couple of tasting menu options, but we chose to order alacarte. A few highlights: the striped bass amuese. I wanted more. A butternut squash soup with chestnut and pumpkin seed was extremely tasty, with a base of broth, not the usual cream. Vermont quail stuffed with apple and fennel. A breast of duck with pomegranate resting on braised fennel, then a confit of duck strudel alongside it: that was my entree. I had so much duck I shared half of it with my husband, who had a lobster risotto with wild mushrooms. Seared sea scallops with a cod cake beneath it. Our one dessert, of which I had one bite, was a luscious maple creamy custard concoction, so rich it tasted like it was made with duck eggs. With three bottles of wine, each couple chipped in $185, which included a generous tip. Not as expensive as I had expected, given other reports on this board. The only oddity was that of the three bottles of wine we ordered, two were white; each time we made the selection, we had to wait a bit for them to chill it, which I've never encountered before. All in all, however, it was a memorable meal. That night, we all stayed at the Woodstocker, a rather eclectic but completely charming B&B in Woodstock owned by two very loquacious Brits, slow food proponents. Two thumbs up.

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