But I doubt it. My partner and I had a reservation for dinner last night -- the Vermont wine harvest dinner special. When we arrived, we were told that they were backed up as everyone had arrived at the same time. We arrived at the time of our reservation.
We had the urge to bolt -- we should have listened to our inner judgment. The place has a chintz-meets Brady decor and a faint mustiness. It is bright and appears to be clean but ... perhaps it makes sense to a dated country-ski area sensibility.
So we were seated in the waiting area where we were offered drinks. Only that when they went to find the beers we ordered, they were warm. So we opted for different ones. We were shown the menu for the evening. Seeing no wine associated with the pairings that we felt anywhere near good about, we asked could we order from their wine cellar and would they adjust the bill for the set menu? I know it sounds picky ... but if you want decent wine..... "Sure, we'll take care of it."
20 minutes later we were shown into a half-full dinning room. Backed-up? Really? Had half of a full room just teleported to avoid passing us on the way out? As we sat down, the couple at the table next to us got up to leave ... clearly they had had some water and had been waiting. Perhaps for anything, but they did not return. This was our second ignored warning.
From the wine list. we picked out a Sean Thackery Orion ... a fairly decent bottle with some age. Also about $150 worth. Our waitress managed to thoroughly stir the sediment back into wine. Nothing like pouring with the wrong side up to ensure the mixing is complete (forget about decanting). If you are going to offer decent wine, learn how to handle it.
20 Mintues later .... first course consisting of a squash bisque. With some sort of greasy base -- the kind that leaves a soapy finish on your lips. A few bites -- although hungry, not this hungry.
20 minutes after the squash was cleared ("was it alright?" ... ermmm "yeah, just fine..") came the next up .. pork belly with some sort of gastrique. The highlight of the meal. Should have made a night of the 1" x 1" cube. Tasty piece of belly.
After a good 45 minutes the proprietress came to announce that she was sorry -- but that they had served our meal to someone else and that she would ensure that our next course would be coming up right away. Really? Was that the signal to stand up, pay for the wine and leave?
The Pièce de Résistance finally arrived ... venison shank. Actually more like a venison stew that managed to have almost desiccated chunks of venison in a mixture of undercooked root vegetables. How do you do that? Inedible. So, I guess they ran out (when they served "our" meal to someone else) and somehow tried to cobbled together a few more portions? Seriously?
Dessert was a pumpkin mousse -- no other options. Really no option at all. In an effort to smooth things over (it is hard to ignore plates that remain essentially untouched and it was now 3 hours since we arrived), they offered us a 1/2 bottle of pinot. Honestly, after all this I did not particularly want to stay around and drink anything -- one of us would have to drive therefore the other would "enjoy" a 1/2 bottle? Given that we had just spent a goodly sum on some decent wine, did we want a $10 pinot half? Ummmm.
And then the bill arrived. Did they balance the removal of the wine pairing -- as promised? No. Full freight plus the cost of the wine we did order. Therefore, we managed to spend $400 on a perfectly inedible meal and a ruined bottle of wine.
The proprietress was nice and the waitstaff friendly. That is about it.
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