Any early reviews by Chowhounds for this new place in Simsbury, CT? Only been open for a week (really only 4 days since theu serve on W-Sat, I believe).
They had stations set up with cocktails and small bites
Charcutiere (I always spell that wrong)
Cold corn chowder with lobster
Scallops with chanterelles and something (I am allergic to mushrooms so didn't indulge)
Pork with white beans
It was all very good and as I said, they staff was aweseome
We had dinner there Friday night.
It was a lovely evening and I would not hesitate to recommend it, despite a few small hiccups.
We were dining with another couple that arrived before we did. We had a 7:30 reservation and the Maitre d' indicated that they were running a bit behind.
He showed us to the deck for a cocktail, but no one came to offer us a beverage. I suspect that was because within 10 minutes, we were seated.
When we arrived at the table our dining companions were a bit annoyed and it was discovered that they had asked that a bottle of prosseco was to be at the table when we sat as a surprise for us. It was sorted out but, it just took a bit too long for me. The restaurant was busy but after having to ask for something twice, it took another 10 minutes for the bottle to come out. That seemed to be the time for all wine, which I found annoying. That being said. Everything else was incredible. (I can only speak for my food, I have a food allergy and most of my companions dishes had that ingredient, so I did not taste them)
Other than the wait for wine, the service was wonderful. Friendly and extremely knowledgable about the menu. Each plate of each course was expertly explained as it was served. The staff works as a team but it was evident to us, the Jeffrey, was the head waiter. Much of the staff is a little green and the way that interacted with them and explained or instructed was wonderful. It almost made me wish that I had a mentor like that when I started in the business so long ago :)
We were brought what was called a Johnny cake with a sea salt and honey butter. I am not sure it wasan johnny cake in any sense of the word but it was a perfect pillow of flaky corn bread.
I started with the Torchon of Foie Gras. Perfectly sized portion, interesting sauce (peach and pecan jam) just wonderful. The rest of my table had Oysters and squash blossoms.
I chose the duo of beef for my entree. Perfectly cooked medium rare sliced strip steak atop a braised short rib with baked piped potatoes and baby carrots. The rest of the table had Scallops with chanterelles and hamhocks and the lobster bake; with potatoes, mussells, chorizo, and corn.
We all finished our entrees, but I did not think that the portions were small, just perfectly sized.
For dessert we each chose one of the 5 and shared. Mixed Berry Trifle, Honey Semi-fredo, Plum Crumble, and Black out cake. The were each excellent and unique in both flavor and presentation. Coffee was french press, 2 cups per press.
The evening ended as we were given a lovely tour of the kitchen and the soon to be open tavern with the chef himself. ( This was not offered, we asked and the maitre d' did not hesistate to say yes)
The tavern will be open in a month and I am looking forward to that as this will not be a weekly stop. It will be our go to for a special occassion or that night when I just want t areally great dinner but it will not be in our regular rotation for Friday nights out.
Our meal lasted 3.5 hours including the tour. We had 1 bottle of prosecco and 2 bottles of wine plus our food and the bill was a little over $350. I found it to be worth every penny.
Someone asked me if this was going to hurt the Mill at 2T and I do not think it will. I think that they will both be successful in Simsbury. The Farmington Valley was a fine dining wasteland for too long. It is great to have 2 amazing options.
we checked it out last night...a Thursday and the place was hopping. i will second many things that Tinkerbelldee said. there is an army of waitstaff, which at times gets uncoordinated (the sommelier left some extra wineglasses on the table since we were trying several half glasses, and someone else came by and swooped them up). we joked that DH can't come in wearing a blue button-down shirt, or he will be mistaken for an employee.
we tried squash blossoms, foie gras, scallops and sea bass. everything was very well prepared, the scallop dish especially so. no room for dessert. we really liked the option to sample half glasses through the meal; we tasted six different wines which were all quite good, one a rose which neither of us would have thought of ordering but which the sommelier chose for our apps.
i too am looking forward to what the tavern has to offer.
We just had dinner there tonight. The service seemed to have smoothed out--and while a bit green , was fine. I enjoyed the food--roasted vegetables ith a blue cheese mousse to start--unfortunately the vegetables had been refrigerated, which detracted from their taste. I had skate, my husband scallops We had sides of brussel sprouts and mushrooms.All was well prepared--However folks should know that the portions are small, and the prices on the high side for the area--I don't think it provided enough bang for the buck.