Tasting Menu At The Mill at 2T

Back in October, I interviewed Kelleanne and Ryan Jones at their Tariffville restaurant, The Mill at 2T, for a feature story about restaurateurs’ reactions to amateur online reviews. (Read the final graf for their unusual “turn the tables” idea.)

While I was there, they gave me a copy of their Friday-night menu. I brought it home to show Rob, thinking nothing of it. (In fairness, I visit restaurants weekly for this job, and our house is littered with menus.) But this one struck him, and we vowed to return for dinner.

Well, we kept our promise in a big way. We decided to enjoy the full Mill experience, opting for the six-course tasting menu and wine pairings while watching all the action from the “chef’s counter” – a row of six seats providing an unobstructed view of the open kitchen.

And we’re so glad we did. Our plans were very nearly derailed when a server brought a massive pan-roasted filet mignon with cheddar fondue and toasted corn bread “croutons” to a table nearby. (It looked absolutely incredible.) But we stayed on course, and ended up with one of the most exciting meals of 2012 thus far.

Photos after the jump:

Tender octopus "nicoise" with hard-cooked egg, cracked olives, fried gnocchi, marinated beans, anchovy emulsion. Wine pairing: 2009 Lagar de Costa Albarino

Seared white tuna with grilled vegetable gazpacho, spiced jicama, yellow tomato butter, mango and watermelon salsa. Wine pairing: 2009 Anne Pichon Roussanne

Sofrito-basted grilled quail with patatas bravas and corn bisque. Wine pairing: 2010 Gothic Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Wild boar tenderloin "pork and beans" with local asparagus, Asian pear, candied hazelnuts and a slice of French baguette coated with whipped lardo. Wine pairing: 2008 Robert Sinsky POV (Napa Valley)

Roasted Australian lamb loin with George's Bank scallops, polenta cremolata, celery root puree, Parma prosciutto. Wine pairing: 2010 Jaffurs Syrah (Santa Barbara)

Dessert trio: pistachio almond cake with chocolate gelato, brioche doughnuts with caramel, lime posset with Meyer lemon ice cream. Wine: Vinedo de los Vientos "Alcyone"

The chef’s choice tasting is $70 pp; $100 pp with wine. It’s a splurge, but well worth it for a special occasion or just a really, really nice “treat yoself” evening of food and wine.

* Some notes on Mill at 2T: It’s a very small space, with just about 40 seats. Make your reservations early, and don’t be perturbed if you have to wait a bit once you get there. Just relax and enjoy.

Be prepared to leave your credit card number with your reservation. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance; if you don’t cancel in time (or no-show,) your credit card will be charged $25 per person.

If you want to sit at the chef’s counter, you’ve got to call the restaurant at 2 p.m. on the day of your reservation to book the special seats.

The Mill at 2T, 2 Tunxis Road, Tariffville (Simsbury), CT. 860-658-7890, themillat2t.com. The Mill at 2T on Urbanspoon

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