Any illusion that the guest is returning to the original Ryland Inn is lost upon approaching the property as one realizes the pastoral vista has been compromised by the renovations and ongoing construction. The current iteration needs to be evaluated as a newly opened restaurant at a site that was previously used for a restaurant. It can then be judged on its own merit which is considerable.
The fact that we were celebrating my husband's birthday was sweetly acknowledged in a card delivered by our waiter and, again, at dessert with chocolate wishes on the plate. Our waiter was attentive to our requests and very well informed in response to our questions about the ingredients in and preparation of various items on the menu. His recommendation for dessert-- a key lime cheesecake truffle which was light but sharply flavorful was perfect. Our "Beginnings" courses, octopus for my husband, pear salad for me were well-executed but not exceptional. Our entrees, red snapper and horseradish-crusted salmon were fair portions and prepared as described.
There was one aspect of the dining experience which strikes me as bizarre. The tables are set with a framed picture lying flat at each place setting. It remains there through the complimentary amuse and then is removed at the point when the appetizer is served. If they're trying to convey that each course will be a work of art, spare the pretense. At a minimum, I viewed it as unsanitary as food droppings( a blob of butter, in my case) do land on it and I can't imagine that there's a dishwasher with a "picture cycle".
In my opinion the level of service is their strong suit. Nothing beats exiting on a cold night to find that the valet has delivered your car with the heat turned on, to the front door!
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