the Mill at 2T, Tariffville, Ct.
this restaurant just opened in the Tariffville Mill at the intersection of 189 & 315. we had dinner here last night, the day before the Hartford Courant article came out.
the space is just gorgeous, with high ceilings, brick walls, and comfortable high-backed chairs. there are only a few tables plus stools in front of the open kitchen.
for starters, we had an heirloom tomato salad with lemon dressing and a roasted duck breast with cheddar grits. dinner was red snapper with snap peas for DH, and gnocchi with white beans for me. everything was well-prepared, not overly fussy, with strong straightforward flavors.
caveats: the menu is very small (5 starters, 5 entrees, 3 desserts). if you tend to be a picky eater, you can go to their website & view the menu, which changes daily. the wine list is small as well, but interesting. prices are a little high.
we would go back. it's an appealing concept and a beautiful space. i wish the owners success.
I went this past Saturday. We had two seats at the bar facing the kitchen. It is pretty cool to see whats going on and talk to the chefs. We got some appetizer tastings up there as well. The food was all presented very nicely, and tasted great. Each item was better than the next and we were totally stuffed at the end of the night. Some of the stuff we just looked at each other and were like 'wow' We probably went overboard with the ordering...The place has a great feel to it, not too fancy, but not really casual either. I'll be going back for sure.
We've been to the Mill at 2t about 4 times so far. The most recent visit was Saturday 08/29 where we sat at the bar. It's an awsome experience if you get to sit there. You'll see first hand how the chefs prepare their dishes. I had the Ahi Tuna with an Asian pear salad which was quite tasty. My husband had the butter poached lobster served with braised short ribs. They fell off of the bone!! Chef Ryan made a grilled filet upon which he balanced a tempura crab cake. It looked totally 'sexy'.
The energy in the place was great. It was quite busy, but you never felt rushed to leave. I just love to check out the menu every night they're open to see what's on for the evening, since chef makes changes daily. A really great place to try!
Ate dinner there 9/26/09 and was wowed. Beautiful space, first-rate service, super well prepared creative dishes. Very unusual for this geographic area. Destined to become a special place for locals. Menu small, yes, but nice variety of choices. Nice touches: web site menu current for each day, black napkin for person wearing black slacks, white otherwise. Could have a few more choices of wines by the glass. Overall, a real gem.
I agree it is fabulous. We sat at the "bar." Chef Ryan gave us an amuse bouche of seared scallops over a fresh corn gazpacho. I could have eaten an plate of them, they were so good.
For apps, we had the braised pork belly which was very good and seared scallops over polenta because we just had to have more scallops. I had brazini with a deconstructed (my word choice) clam chowder. Absolutely the best dish I have had in forever. Hubby had filet. The meat was cooked perfectly and of excellent quality. My husband has been back and said his second meal was just as good.
Everything is cooked to order and the staff is very accomodating, so this is a fabulous place if you have any special dietary needs. One word of advice. This place is small and busy with very little waiting room. Make reservations! ENJOY! JB