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Fresh air in Farmington valley [Avon Indian Grill on Rte 44]

Oops - I put it in the title but I guess it got lost somewhere. Avon INdian Grill - where Better Bedding used to be on Rte 44.

Sep 27, 2011
kofka in Southern New England

Fresh air in Farmington valley [Avon Indian Grill on Rte 44]

I have been meaning to write about this place for ages. The food is consistently wonderful. If you don't know anything about Indian food, don't worry. The staff is extremely helpful and will guide you through the menu. For once when they offer you a spice level (mild, medium, hot) they mean it and here spice does not just mean heat. Though their spicy food is indeed spicy (a nice change), the blend of herbs and flavors is exceptional. The decor is modern and clean and they have some decent wines. Try the squid or lamb chop appetizers, the chicken tikka, the saag, the shrinp bhuna..etc etc. For cocktails have a grown up mango lassi - the "Bombay Beach"! In an area that is somewhat restaurant-deprived, this place is a welcome addition.

Sep 20, 2011
kofka in Southern New England

Romantic weekend lunch

Thanks so much for the suggestions - I will certainly try them in the future. As it turns out my husband had booked Jean-Georges.......food just so-so, really trading on the name at this point. On the other hand dinner at No.9 Park was wonderful - great food, amazing wine list and excellent service. More than made up for a mediocre lunch.

Mar 16, 2010
kofka in Greater Boston Area

High quality dinner for celebration - central CT?

We gave Carol Peck's several chances recently - the last was at the end of December. All occasions were bad - we have previously enjpyed eating there-but the last was the worst by far. The restaurant was nearly empty but we waited almost 45 minutes to get our wine (and we had to walk over and ask them several times) and then another half an hour for our food which was slapped onto the table with a grunt and was truly awful. we had friends with us and it was embarassing.

I second On 20. The setting, service and food are wonderful though the wine list is extremely limited.

Mar 02, 2010
kofka in Southern New England

Romantic weekend lunch

Thanks. It is a nice idea but a little meat-heavy. Any other thoughts?

Mar 02, 2010
kofka in Greater Boston Area

Romantic weekend lunch

We are coming to Boston for a 3 day anniversary get-away. Most of the plans are in place but I need recs for lunch on Friday and Saturday. Looking for somewhere we can linger over good food and wine.......any thoughts? Thanks.

Mar 02, 2010
kofka in Greater Boston Area

Wilmington, VT?

Unfortunately this is too late for you but perhaps you found it amyway. We recently stumbled upon the Inn at Saw Mill Farms and really loved it. The food was very good, the wine list is AMAZING! The service was excellent, the ambience friendly. We like this area of VT and will definitely eat here again on our next visit. We would probably stay there but there is an awful lot of floral wallpaper......

Nov 18, 2009
kofka in Northern New England

Inn with good food northwest CT/MA

It looks lovely, thank you - food is definitely a priroty.

Jul 31, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

6/09 Max Downtown, Hartford Ct.: Still Tops After All These Years

Have to agree - always reliable, always enjoyable.

Jul 31, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

Inn with good food northwest CT/MA

My mum is coming to visit; I am taking her to NYC for the weekend and would like to follow it up with a night or two in an inn. I thought of the Red Lion in Great Barrington?? Would like somewhere cozy, scenic and relaxing with good food and wine. Any thoughts? Thanks.

Jul 31, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

Newport, RI

I am adding on to this request - also looking for some dining suggestions in Newport. It looks like the bar dining is covered but we would like to go out for one more upscale meal. Any suggestions?

Jul 29, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

Pappacelle, Simsbury CT - don't go!

Actually I think it was David who was the "manager" on this occasion; we have been there when he has been the chef and come out of the kitchen as you say. Their mother was not there this time - she always was before so maybe that has something to do with it. It really is a pity as the setting and patio are lovely....

Jul 14, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

Pappacelle, Simsbury CT - don't go!

This is a little long, sorry but I want to get the details in.
As there is somewhat of a dearth of good eateries in this area (though some interesting ones coming soon), we were delighted to discover Pappacelle's. Good food, a little different from the "red-sauce" Italians. We ate there once, loved it; ate there again...it was OK and the last time...We sat at the bar and had appetizers withour wine. The service was terrible but. we decided to live with it. My bruschetta was tasteless, my husband's pizza was to come with basil but came instead piled high with arugula and BLACK on the bottom. We ate a couple of slices and commented on the odd flavour before turning it over to see the base at whoch poit we returned it.
OK, here's the real issue. The bill came $48 for 4 glasses of wine, $4 for the bruschetta and $4 for the pizza. When we said that we did not feel that we should be charged for a pizza that came with the wrong ingredients and was a solid black underneath, the "maanager" (last time we were there he was the chef...go figure) came out and told us that as we had eaten some we had to pay the $4. He said that he knew that we had eateb there before. When I told him that we would pay his $4 but not come vback he said "that would be just fine"!!!
Of note - we are not onboxious customers; we did not protest the tasteless but inofensive bruschetta!. The fact that he will stand over burnt food with the wrong ingredients and not suck up $4 for repeat customers who happily pay $12 for a glass of wine rells me that they won't be around for long - and shouldn't be.

Jul 06, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

How is the "new" L'Espalier?

Has it survived the transition well?? I was hoping to go back to O Ya for a special dinner but left it too late to get one of their few tables. Looking for an alternative...thinking L'Espalier or No. 9.. Thanks.

Mar 05, 2009
kofka in Greater Boston Area

Best Bagels in Ct?

I think so - it is in the same plaza as Marshall's....

Feb 17, 2009
kofka in Southern New England

Six Nations Rugby CT

Thanks folks......looks like I'll have to move to NH - nowhere really showing it live around here as I can see...and congrats djr222!......

Feb 16, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

Best Bagels in Ct?

Having moved up here frm NYC and given up on finding a decent bagel, I eventually happened on Baker's Dozen bagels in Avon. The guy is from Brooklyn, the bagels are boiled......the best I have had since I left...

Feb 16, 2009
kofka in Southern New England

Sushi in CT--let's talk about our favorite places

Ginza in Bloomfield is consistently good. Feng started out promising but took a bit of a nosedive - would not return.

Feb 09, 2009
kofka in Southern New England

Six Nations Rugby CT

Hi, Does anyone know of a bar/restaurant showing the Six Nations? Preferably around Avon/West Hartford/Hartford? I don't know any other way of finding out. Thanks!

Feb 09, 2009
kofka in All New England Archive

Clio vs. L'espalier: Boston's Best?

I would give L'espalier a miss. We have been there before and loved it. Were there on Saturday (Feb 16th) - SO disappointing. The service was robotic, the food mediocre. We had intended to have the chef's tasting journey but weren't that hungry and so opted for the winter degustation. We were both delighted that we had not subjected ourselves to several more courses of mediocre food. We shall not be returning. We like Clio and look forward to trying No. 9 Park.

Feb 19, 2008
kofka in Greater Boston Area

Best high-end Asian?

We are looking for somewhere with good food, good wine and nice decor - not something we usually associate with Asian restaurants. I am not usually huge fan of Chinese food but Imy husband is and I do have a craving for Peking duck. Was thinking of Tse Yang, Phillippe or Shun Lee Palace but reviews on these boards are poor. Any recommendations? I am not asking that the food be necessarily authentic, just good.

While I am asking, what about other Asian options? We like spicy food.....
Thanks.

Dec 04, 2007
kofka in Manhattan

good brunch places in the 80's or 90's?

I would skip Sarabeths - really don't know what the fuss is about; frou-frou decor with mediocre food and terrivble service. Barking dog is basic, reliable and fun. Don't know Fetch but will try.

Dec 04, 2007
kofka in Manhattan

Shun Lee - so mediocre (long)

OK, so here's a question. I am looking for a good dining experience and have a craving for Asian food. I am not particularly fond of Chinese food but have a 'thing' about Peking duck. I was toying with Phillippe, Tse Yang or Shun Lee Palace. I know food in other places may be more authentic but as I say I also want to spend a couple of hours over dinner in a nice restaurant.
If there is no truly good Chinese food in the city (I really know nothing about it), what about other Asian food??
As ever, I donlt mind paying but I hate being ripped off.

Dec 04, 2007
kofka in Manhattan

Best restaurant in Italy?

Is La Calandre far from Padua? We will be staying in Venice are trying to decide whether to make the trip for dinner one night. It would involve a train to Padua and then I suppose a taxi. We could get a taxi but given that dinner will probably cost four figures (in US $) for three, I am loath to keep pushing the boat out.....I really can't make a decision on this one...

Oct 16, 2007
kofka in Italy

Old school table manners... what were you taught?

Amazing to hear all these again. I still do most of these things without even noticing - eg waiting to eat until everyone is seated, thanking the cook, asking to be excused and pushing the chair back in. I have sort of become accustomed to the different ways of using knives and forks - we had knives on left, NO siwtching, cut one piece at a time, "don't hold your knife like a pencil", don't overload your fork etc...
I think the no singing/.laughing rules come from an aversion to displaying the semi mangled contents of one's mouth....no reading as the meal was a social and not merely a nourishing event.

to this day I CANNOT STAND - " schmalzing " (face low to plate, audible parting of tongue from roof of mouth, smacking lips), chewing/speaking with a full mouth (ofter associated with the aforementioned) and....waving ones fork around to punctuate the conversation. Causes nausea, loss of appetite, urgent need to ask to be excused.....very good for dieting!

Oct 16, 2007
kofka in Not About Food

Venice - best restaurants to splurge

Thank you, I have not heard of it and will give it a shot. I know that this topic has been covered ad nauseum but I find myself faced with a list of names that really mean nothing to me. In an expensive, tourist-saturated city it is easy to be ripped off by spending a fortune on a name - a triumph of style over substance.

Oct 09, 2007
kofka in Italy

Venice - best restaurants to splurge

I am going to Venice for five days in early November. I want to have one or two "splurge" dinners there - for these price is not really an issue. I also want to have some less formal, more casual places - perhaps higher on atmosphere. Good wine a must. Eat most things but not TOO shellfish-heavy (also not partial to sardines...!). Can anyone help??. Thanks.

Oct 08, 2007
kofka in Italy

Boston Peking Duck

Does anyone know where I can find the best Peking duck in Boston? I want to stay fairly central and it will be lunchtime. I don't like Chinese food as a rule but have a deep craving for the above....Thanks!

Jul 19, 2007
kofka in Greater Boston Area

One fine lunch- Le Bernardin or Bouley?

Le Bernardin specializes in seafood......

Jul 19, 2007
kofka in Manhattan

Birds eye chili peppers in CT

Thanks...Have tried ADong in the past - odd place! I should have mentioned that I am looking for the red peppers - they had just one bag of green. Found lime leaves, banana leaves at a couple of Thai stores in West Hartford and again...the lone bag of green bird's eyes. Any other suggestions??

Sep 18, 2006
kofka in All New England Archive