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Ryland Inn

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Ryland Inn

cabrales | Mar 1, 2004 03:59 PM

I had a fairly good meal at the Ryland Inn recently. It was my first visit, and I don't feel eager to return any time soon.

That being said, I noticed the Gourmet (or Gourmand?) Menu I ordered had a dish with a decent amount of black truffle slices. This menu changes from time to time, and we are nearing the end of the black truffle season, so check with the restaurant before relying. These truffles did seem to be French black, although I did not verify that point. I also did not verify whether the truffles used in the dish described below had been preserved somehow.

The eight-course Gourmet menu was $115/person, and we chose the lower-priced wine flight at $70/person. The higher priced wine flight did not have particularly aged or otherwise notable wines that justified its $140/person price.

The Gourmet menu contained a lobster with risotto dish that likely had fresh truffle shavings (not shaved at the table). There might have been truffle oil in the risotto as well, but the shavings were decent in general quantity (particularly given that the Ryland Gourmet/Gourmand Menu is always $115/person -- it seems better to go during *truffle season*, which is ending as we speak). The pre-dessert was a banana fricasse with black truffle ice cream. The bananas, slightly caramelized, were unnecessary to, and detracted from, the dish. However, the black truffle ice cream (not necessarily made from fresh black truffles, obviously) was not bad.

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