Fresh Salt- long
I really, really wanted to like Fresh Salt at the Sybrook Point Inn (was Terre Mar.) The menu looks so promising, though pricey, but as a foodie I am happy to pay as needed for a great meal.
We were put on the patio (see picture) gorgeous view. I was the first to arrive and it was early, waitress brought me my drink (Two Bridge Street ,muddled fresh basil, cucumber, agave nectar, lemon juice with Cucumber Vodka, served up, $12.00.) It was good, in fact all of our drinks were good, when we finally got them. To be fair, there was a function on the patio ( though it seemed as thouh there was plenty of waitstaff for that) and our waitress told us it was her 2nd time waiting Happy Hour. Happy Hour or not, service is service, and hers was not great. Besides the drinks we had to get our own plates from the party area. I've waited tables, and it's hard work, but things like that brought my opinion down a lot, though she was friendly enough.
Food, the most important part: we ordered Bread Catalan with Tomatoes (crispy toasts with a tomato aspic/jelly. Too much aspic, too sweet, needed acid, the toast itself was good.) Truffled Polenta Fries , 7 smallish fries for $7 (they were good, but for corn meal, and lack of truffle taste, there should have been more.) Crispy Calamari Provencal , Arrabiata Sauce, Arugula, Olives (good, but the best part was the arrabiata sauce.) Tuna Tartar, Oranges, Radish and Wasabi Beans (beautiful presentation, as with all the dishes, but tasteless, needed seasoning desperately, as did most of the dishes.) Bay Scallop Ceviche, Tomato, Cilantro & Onion (same, beautiful to look at, this had too much acid, the scallops were overdone, like they had been sitting.) Trio of Wagyu Beef Sliders Cheddar-Caramelized, Onion Tomato Arugula, Gorgonzola, Balsamic Onions with hand-cut fries (probably the best dish, I only had the gorgonzola with balsamic onions, but everyone liked their sliders. They were a little over-cooked for me as I like my beef mooing, but not well done by any means, juicy and flavorful.) Italian Farm Plate,Aged Provolone, Prosciutto, Sopressata, Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, Caponata served with toasts (good, just good. After having charcuterie at Brasserie Pip everything has a hard time measuring up.)
It sounds like a lot of food, but there were six of us, we left hungry, went to Aspen and had wonderful food and service.
As with most places like this, with the stunning view, it's a lot of surface and no substance. I don't know how long they've been open, but if they could follow through with the promise the menu offers it would be wonderful.
46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442
whew! thanks to you for posting this,d, and to kattyeyes for linking it on the other thread i started.I will now cancel and we'll go back to The Suburban (our very fav) tonight for a second happy evening of great food! so sorry d, that you had to 'take one for the team' but think how many otherwise unhappy CHs you have saved.
Now i hope you'll take that 20 min drive from stonington to branford for a chef who REALLY knows his stuff!!(as of last night: always some of the most interesting salads you'll ever find, and POPOVERS yes!!; creamy catalan gazpacho w/ lobster crisps; truffle butter roasted chicken with white bean bacon ragout ; ginger crusted salmon w/ coconut rice and veg. melange and silky wine reduction; dark caillebaut chocolate and peanut butter 'souffle' (lava cake, really), peanut butter sauce and gelato. And what a talented bartender; she took my request for a cilantro and cucumber
cosmo and made 2(!) of the best I've had!