The restaurant is situated in the 100 year old former Chester Savings Bank, so already it has character, and a dedicated parking lot. As a farm to table restaurant, chef Rachel Carr creates dishes from food locally & organically grown in Old Lyme at Upper Pond Farm. The menu is always changing to reflect what is in season, and sometimes they'll have a featured ingredient of the week and base the menu on that item. The recent prix-fixe menus have been very interesting! The restaurant also offers cooking classes, and I just learned from their Facebook page that they have a "grab & go" fridge and the raw vegan blueberry lemon cheesecake is in there! (I'm not offended if you stop reading here and head over to Chester. The cheesecake is worth it. Also, while you're down there, head across the street to Simon's Marketplace and pick up 2 baguettes. They will likely still be warm from the oven. You absolutely need 2 of them because you WILL eat one in the car on the ride home. Trust me on this one. My children call this the Simon's Salty Baguette Rule of 2.)
What can I tell you about the fresh, seasonal menu? That EVERY item our group of 5 ordered was delicious - we definitely passed the plates so everyone could try! We were a table comprised of dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans, vegetarians & 1 omnivore (I may have been the only non-vegetarian) and we were all floored by our dinners and desserts. These were some of the dishes on our table:
This next photo was not on the menu at the time, but I'm seriously hoping it's available during my next visit! I found it on their Facebook page. The more I look at it, the more I regret my Kung Pao lunch. This would have been SO MUCH better.
I'm particularly excited to be going back to the restaurant next week with some of the same friends and a few more, for what promises to be a repeat of our lovely evening. Just pouring through their recent pics of menu offerings on their Facebook page and I can't wait to see what will be on the menu next week! They've even added a bar since my last visit.