Wednesday, December 7, 2011

11/12/11-Pond House Grille (fka Tango Creative Eatery), Glastonbury, CT

After two visits to the original Tango restaurant, this had quickly become a favorite of ours and we told all our friends to go here. We came here after they changed their name, figuring that we'd have the same great experience--sadly, good things never last. The decor has changed, the menu changed and they got rid of all the elements that made them stand out from the pack.

I'm not saying that what we ate was bad--it wasn't--it just wasn't as good as it used to be. We found the menu lost its creative touch, not to mention that it also had odd pricing and not a decent appetizer selection. I had the pan-seared duck with mashed sweet potatoes, asparagus, cracklings and a cherry chili demiglace--duck was cooked nicely with no fatty or stringy quality as can be the case. I would have liked more cracklings or something else crunchy to balance out the mushy sweetness of the dish, however overall it was good. Tom had the cabernet braised lamb shank with big fat onion rings and caramelized root vegetables--the lamb was cooked to his liking and the dish was nicely presented.

Ok, so overall, it wasn't bad--service was friendly and the food was decent (I was glad to see they kept the delicious bread and butter at least!) but we were just so underwhelmed by the changeover (c'mon, no aromatics course?!). What used to be a romantic yet exciting place to go to dinner has turned into nothing special. Back on our quest for our new favorite restaurant!

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