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Amazing at The Peacock Inn, Princeton

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pellegrino31 Jul 25, 2011 10:38 AM

My husband and I have now lived in the area for 6 months and wanted to celebrate this little milestone this past Friday night. We debated between elements and Peacock Inn but chose the latter and are so glad we did (though we would have likely had a terrific time at elements from what we've read about it, that will be our next place we want to try).

Service was incredibly efficient and professional but welcoming. We started with cocktails - Hendricks martini for me, a Manhattan for my husband. Both well executed. I liked that our server took our drink order without rushing us into looking at the menu so it gave us time to settle in.

We enjoyed an amuse bouche of tuna tartare with crispy wanton strips.

For starters, we had the lamb tenderloin tartare and the seared scallops. Scallops were cooked perfectly and were accompanied by pickled white peaches if I remember correctly. The tartare was a standout - very rich tenderloin and it was served with homemade tzatziki. Excellent.

As for mains, I couldn't resist the poached lobster with corn succotash. It was amazing. The lobster and succotash was served on top of a buttery, velvety corn pudding (more like consistency of bechamel) which was really incredible. I had the eyes roll back in my head moment when I had my first bite. My husband had the duck breast which was cooked rare/medium rare and very flavorful. It was served with a little surprise of shredded duck confit - also incredible. With our main courses, I had a glass of Sancerre and husband had a glass of Pinot Noir.

For dessert we shared the berry cake (I am blanking on the specific name) which was a nice ending - a little sweet and tart but not cloying. The chocolate dessert looked very tempting but we thought it would be too rich. Then as we were settling the bill, they brought over two blueberry French-style macaroons which were lovely.

I have to say, it was perfect. We have eaten pretty well in a number of restaurants and have had some truly excellent meals but I don't know how many delivered as well as this dinner did.

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Peacock Inn
20 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ

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