We dined at Amuse while staying at the Essex, and we are SO glad that we made this choice!
We started with a cocktail at our table. I got the cocktail that I usually order (one that takes a bit of skill to make well) and I have never had one that was made as well as this one. The bartender is clearly an expert! It appears that the bartender may have been in the tavern next door, because there is no bar area in Amuse, only dining tables.
There is a creative menu, with selections that you do not commonly see at other restaurants. It was hard to decide, so all of us got the four course tasting menu, and then we tasted each other selections for even more variety!
There is also an option to allow the chef to "amuse" you when ordering the tasting menu. You can state preferences (for example, seafood but no shrimp) and the chef prepares you something special!
The tasting menu was an excellent value for a fine dining restaurant, and it was portions were proper to pace oneself through an evening of fine dining. My daughter even took half of her entree back to our hotel room to enjoy the next day!
The service was very attentive, and each course arrived with perfect timing. Our server was clearly experienced, knowledgeable, well trained and had a great personality to boot!
Our dining experience was all we had planned for the evening. We were considering going out in Burlington for dinner, but it was a cold winter night, and we decided to eat at the hotel. If you enjoy fine dining, DO NOT miss going to Amuse! This is not your typical restaurant in a hotel, rather a destination restaurant that happens to be in a resort. Very worth dining at, even if you are not staying at the Essex!
(NOTE: I was with family, but adults. The Tavern next door is casual and more appropriate for families with younger children.)
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