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May 27, 2006
From journal It’s All About Me—Westbrook, CT
March 27, 2006
While we were finishing up, the buffet was in the process of being set up. The dessert table was enough to get my mouth watering. There was also an amazing heart-shaped ice sculpture.
Given the fact that we had the worst snowstorm this year on Sunday, February 12th, we decided that we would dine in for dinner. A look at the room-service menu gave us a clue what to expect. There are two options available in the winter, on of which is the lounge where you can order light bites, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, etc. We opted for the main dining room, even though it is a bit (okay, more than a bit) pricey. I started with a Stella Artois and Al ordered a Mic Ultra. The breadbasket is divine. Very crusty and served warm, the basket has two very distinctive types of bread, one white and one a seeded variety, but not rye; it looked more like sunflower seeds. Whatever it was, it was delicious and we asked for and got a second basket.
I decided to have the butternut squash bisque as a starter and the crab-cake appetizer as my meal. Al ordered the sirloin steak. The soups came served in an acorn squash half with duck confit on top. It was very good, but a very small serving was $8. Thank goodness for the edible bowl.
My crab cakes were good, but the first set arrived cold and had to be sent back. The second set was warmer but certainly not piping hot. They were good-size crab cakes and there was a acceptable ratio of crab to filling. The sauce that was served with it was alright, but there really was not enough of it for me to get a true idea of its taste.
Al’s steak was perfectly cooked and won approval from him. I ate his dandelion greens, and they were yummy.
I had purposely saved room for dessert and the creme brulee was worth waiting for. Topped with perfect fresh fruit, it was creamy, with the crunch of the burnt-sugar crust. Service was perfect, and we were well attended by all the servers in the room. Michael, who we had met at breakfast, was also serving dinner due to the storm, and of course he remembered us. We joked with other diners about the snow blocking our view of the water, but even without the view, it was a pleasant experience.
Concord, New Hampshire
May 28, 2005
Lunch is very reasonably price, and there are good menu selections. The Sunday brunch is amazing--be sure to bring a big appetite!
From journal Early May in Westbrook, CT
albany, New York
April 5, 2005
Most important, the food was delicious. I had the snapper special, which was cooked to perfection and well presented. The portions were ample, so I didn’t feel I needed to order lots of extras. Of course, I did indulge in the delicious, tasty desert! The menus change during the year, but I would recommend one of their nightly specials. If one of the specials doesn’t appeal to you, there are lots of other choices on the menu.
In addition to great food, the atmosphere was wonderful. The room is very spacious (with large windows and high ceilings), warm (lots of greenery and light), and well decorated (with high-quality furniture; beautiful, rich wood; and very nice paintings). Best of all, the room overlooks the water, so you get a peaceful view of the Long Island Sound.
The location was perfect --- walking distance from our condo!
Finally, the waitress was very friendly and efficient!
Click here for the restaurant’s home webpage.
From journal Fantastic long weekend in Connecticut