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upscale, downscale in western ct

susabelle | Jul 2, 2004 01:00 AM

Two meals of note.

A good and fancy one at the Harvest, on Rte.
7 in Brookfield. Lovely design, good service (my husband felt he learned a bit more than he wanted to about the server's life), and really good, if not great food. I had the tasting menu for $55. Incredibly generous (and since my husband didn't have it and so had fewer courses, the chef at one point, threw in a course for him, so he wouldn't be sitting and watching me eat). The first course, a lobster salad was perhaps the weakest--but I almost always think the best lobster is the one to which the least is done, and this suffered from being fussed-over, as well as from not fabulous tomatoes accompanying it. Next course was halibut, quite nice. The third, scallops, which were to die for. Although by this point, I was a little tired of the same presentation, fish in the center, in a sauce w/ little slips of veg surrounding it. The rack of lamb, course four, was also very good. And the peach tart for dessert was great, except for the cinnamon ice cream, an odd accompaniment and not great in its own right. My husband ordered three appetizers and no main course. His soup--half seafood bisque, half pea--was very good--he adored it. And his lobster risotto was also divine. His asparagus was ok, nothing to write home about. All in all, a lovely meal and evening.

And another at Simply Fish in Bethel--a restaurant tacked onto a fish store. Fabulous steamers. I liked my steamed lobster, but my husband found it a little tough. He liked his fried clams, but I found the breading had an odd flavor/texture. The home-made chips and slaw were very good. The salad was a problem--I thought there was some dead lettuce in the mache--and I said something about that to the waitress, and then someone from the kitchen came out and argued w/ me about it, apparently insulted. I actually brought it up (don't usually complain in restaurants, even when things aren't right) because I really want this place to make it--it's such a joy having good, fresh seafood in such a pleasant, unpretentious surround, so I felt like I was on their side, although that was clearly not how my comment was perceived. Sigh. Who knows, maybe I was wrong about the lettuce. Anyway, we enjoyed and will definitely return! (p.s., the last time I was there I had a terrific lobster roll).

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