I just returned from my first time at Present. It occupies the same space previously occupied by the fine dining establishment known as 21T in Tariffville (part of Simsbury,CT). Present offers country French cuisine in a casual atmosphere inside an old paper mill. The food was very good and the service excellent. My wife ordered an unusual vegetarian dish
, choi farci, with broccoli prepared with a garlicy flavoring and with crispy flowers. The broccoli accompanied a cabbage leaf stuffed with an exquisite mixture of julienne vegetables in a lentil puree. My daughter ordered the Hen au vin with incredibly tender and flavorful chicken breast. I ordered the pate bonne femme, foir gras surrounded by mushrooms ( a variety I had never seen before) and pork filet. Finally I ordered the Casoulet, incredibly tender slow-cooked lamb shoulder with white beans. All these entrees were cooked slowly to perfect the flavor of what might be described as inexpensive cuts of meat. We tried two of the desserts. The first was an apple tart with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. The second was "floating islands", soft meringue in a crème anglaise sauce. Both were excellent. We ordered a fine bottle of red wine unique to this menu. This was Thursday night when the bottles were half price. Service was professional, attentive and knowledgeable. They were very accommodating to my gluten intolerance. If you are looking for very good food that you have not tried before, this restaurant is an excellent choice.
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