Mill at 2T
A slightly belated Valentine’s Day dinner (though scheduled in advance, thankyouverymuch) brought one of the best eating experiences we’ve had in CT and MA combined. The Mill at 2T in Tariffville served dish after dish that I could describe as the finest of its kind, starting with the bread and lasting through dessert. As a dining experience it ranks right up there with the marvelous fare I’ve had at No. 9 Park in Boston, and is a lock to be revisited by us in the future.
Starting with ambience, the Mill at 2T was very pleasant. It’s not the best dining room I’ve ever been in (I’m partial to No. 9 there), but it was certainly agreeable. The rustic brick walls, handsome candlelight, and 7 full tables lent a feeling of intimacy. The food started off with amazing pop-overs with salted butter that were flaky on the outside and warm fluff on the inside. We ordered a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc; I don’t consider myself a wine connoisseur, but it was a nicely flavored, crisp wine that seemed reasonably priced.
We shared a refreshing green salad with goat cheese to start, and without asking they kindly plated our portions separately. I should mention here that the service was excellent – I normally don’t heavily factor that into a dining experience, but the staff really was uncommonly helpful and upbeat, while avoiding obtrusiveness. For the main event, I ordered a rib eye with black garlic dip (aioli?) and homemade ricotta. Like the bread and the salad before, this portion was among the best, if not the best, I’ve ever had. The seasoning was sublime and the choice of complimenting it with the sauce or cheese – both superb unto themselves – made it quite simply perfect. Also satisfying was the potato cake that was cooked to a wonderful crisp on the outside. A mild disappointment in comparison were the brussel sprouts that did not seem dramatically different from anything we have made at home. The final course was homemade “brioche donuts” in caramel. Though we were pretty full by this point, I knew I had to try this once I saw it, and we were not disappointed. Similar to fried dough, these donuts were crisper and doughier than anything we could have ever hoped to achieve at home, and the combination of confectionery sugar with caramel drizzle made them a total home run.
If there are any regrets I have about the visit, it’s not sampling more of Anne’s food and not taking any pictures. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post that I realized it was really one of the best meals I’ve ever had. This place gets my highest recommendation.