Needless to say, this was a fantastic dinner. It would be a challenge to say which was better - the food prepared by Chef Noel Jones, the service, or watching the Hartford fireworks from the 20th floor overlooking the river.
We were greeted by the maitre d' Michael McGarrity, a wonderful man who possesses an infectious passion for both the food and wine served at On20. Speaking in a hushed tone with a smile on his face Michael welcomed us to what he assured was going to be a great evening. He was right.
It all started with the seating. We visit On20 a few times a year and have always been disappointed that we never had a window seat. This time we were not disappointed. Here is a picture literally taken from our table. No need to stand, just look out the window. Note the boats in the river already vying for the best view of the fireworks.
Charred Leek Coulis, Pommes Pont Neuf
wine: Domain Serge Laouee Sancere 2010
2nd Course: Summer Vegetable Tartlet
Tempura Squash Blossom, Starlight Garden Greens
wine: Oliver Sumier Chateau Coussin, Rose Côtes De Provonce 2010
3rd Course: Lubina a La Plancha
Stonington Shrimp Confit, Sauce Américaine
wine: Laguna Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2009
4th Course: Fire Roasted Sirloin
Patatas Bravas, Carmelized Toy Box Tomatoes, Andalucia Vinegar Reduction
wine: Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2009
5th Course: Nancy's Hudson Valley Camembert
Toasted Brioche, Red Onion Marmalade, Local Honey Drizzle
wine: Château La Goutére Boudeaux 2009
6th Course: Summer Fruit Compote and Buttermilk Shortcake
Vanilla Ice Cream
wine: Banfi Rosa Regal Acqui 2009
What this picture doesn't show is that the shortcake is filled with a cream.
By eight o'clock the crowd had already filled Adriaen's Landing and the Founders' Bridge. The fireworks were fantastic. At the start of the display the house lights were turned down so everyone in the restaurant could enjoy the show.
Lets just say that Michael was right.