Over-priced Valentine's Day Scam. just wanted to take a moment to express my disappointment with the accommodations we were provided with on Valentine's night. The Pond House decided to open up the banquet hall to accomodate more reservations. I realize that by opening up the banquet hall for more reservations you were able to increase your head count, however, the atmosphere was awkward at best, our table/chairs were glorified uncomfortable patio furniture, and I walked away from the experience feeling like I was the victim of a scam. I must say that the food was good, however, this did not make up for the lack of comfort, given the cost of the meal. I regret my decision to dine at the Pond House. While theymay have increased the customer count for one night, they definitely lost my repeat business.
06/10 Belatedly adding this review:
We went for the Sunday brunch on Father's Day/Rose Garden Weekend and though we had requested an outside table when making our Open Table reservation, non were available. The hostess could not tell us how long the wait would be so we accepted an inside table. A large group was celebrating so the noise level due to intermittent screams from a pair of children was very high. My wife ordered the strawberry/rhubarb French toast which was 2 slices of relatively thin bread and a smear of spread. My Pond House Benedict was prepared with a base of dense corn bread, topped by a very thin crab cake, egg and finally Hollandaise sauce. The corn bread was too thick vis a vis the crab cake and the potatoes were served at room temperature. Overall, given the price points, our dining experience was mediocre.
04/08 We just returned from dining at Pond House and thoroughly enjoyed this week's Tasty Tuesday dinner. Each month on Tuesdays a 3-course meal is offered for only $15.55. Our meal started off with a delicious portabella mushroom and goat cheese timbale salad which was followed by egg battered monkfish sauteed in olive oil and white wine, served with garlicky spinach and pureed potatoes. Dessert was a lemon poppy seed cake with lemon curd and almond whipped cream. Everything was fantastic and bargained priced. Service was attentive and friendly.
I suggest making advance reservations and bringing a bottle of wine, the corkage fee at $5 is a bargain.
Savor eclectic fare and views of the area's prettiest park at this pond-side restaurant..
Hartford's answer to New York's Tavern on the Green treats diners to views of Elizabeth Park's pretty duck pond. The dining room's decor feels like a tribute to eggplant: the rich purple tone adorns everything from the waiters' shirts to the walls. The restaurant has a loungelike feel during the day, but morphs into a romantic dining den, complete with candles and Judy Garland tunes, at sunset.
The menu changes regularly to incorporate seasonal ingredients, so it's always full of surprises. For example, the chipotle-barbecued rainbow trout, laden with yellow beefsteak-tomato salsa, comes with lilac-purple mashed potatoes (the potato's natural color). Meanwhile, the abundance of Arctic sea bass, shrimp and crayfish in the Moroccan stew nearly bursts from the bowl. For breakfast, try French toast filled with apple-ricotta cheese and topped with brown sugar-ginger sauce.
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