I decided to take my wife to the Elkridge Furnace Inn (EFI) to celebrate her birthday. I have tried other area fine dining restaurants (such as Tersiguels...which was nice one night an an utter disaster the other) and wanted to try something new. I have friends who have eaten at the EFI and I figured it'd be worth a try. In addition, they have a restaurant.com certificate that helps with the price a bit. That was not the deciding factor though.
I called to make reservations several days in advance and it was easy to do so. We were eating early so getting a reservation worked out just fine.
We went to the restaurant on the opening weekend of a HUGE film (The Hunger Games) and although we allotted time for dinner, we were on a time frame. My wife was excited not only for the meal, but also for the movie.
When we arrived, we met with a nice young lady at the front who offered to take our jackets. Michael, the maitre d', then came by and seated us upstairs (there are several rooms and 2 levels to the restaurant) at a cute romantic table. The restaurant is in a historic building that dates back to 1744. There is a lot of history there and Michael will explain most of it to you, if you ask. One thing you'll learn from the staff at EFI is that they really love their restaurant and they love taking care of their patrons.
Once seated, we were introduced to a young man who asked if we wanted a drink or bottled water. We opted for the sparkling water (San Pellegrino) and it came in the decorative full 1 liter bottle, not the 750ml size that a lot of restaurants offer. He also brought us sourdough rolls....yum!
Our waiter for the evening was Eric...great guy with sound recommendations...he came to the table just the right amount of times...was easy to talk with...excellent waiter. We discussed with him the murder mystery nights that they have at the restaurant...very cool...we'll be sure to return for that!
Onto the food...
My wife ordered a salmon trio appetizer. I wanted to get a picture of it but it was gone before I could...wow! It had a tare tare preparation, a pate preparation, and another...she loved them all! I got a nice house salad (see photo...I was already eating it when I took the picture)...the size was about right and the dressing was a house vinaigrette that was different from any other I've ever had. It had accents that complimented the salad perfectly...very good salad...and if you've read any of my previous reviews, you'll know that a good salad tends to mean a good meal!
For the entree, I ordered the special of the night. It was a cornish game hen stuffed with spinach, pate, and some fancy mushrooms...on the side it had fingerling potatoes and snow peas (love them) in a reduction sauce of some kind...please see the photo. Needless to say, it was excellent...no complaints...I really enjoyed this meal. With it I had a glass of the house Pinot Noir...very smooth and went great with the hen...
Eric stated that the sea bass was stellar and that is what my wife went with. (please see photo). Well, he was 100% right on. The portion was quite generous and it was served in a sort of pesto sauce over purple potatoes with some other veggies. It looked great and it tasted fabulous. My wife let me try it this time (unlike with the salmon appetizer) and I can attest to the fact that it was indeed superb.
For dessert, we ordered the apple and pistachio tart...it came with raspberry ice cream and whipped cream. (see photo...you'll see the candle in it for my wife's birthday). It was an excellent choice...yummy! The tart was great and the raspberry ice cream perfectly complimented it. It usually comes with caramel and raspberry sauce on it, but we opted for those sauces on the side. For my wife's birthday, they also gave us a little bottle of Martinelli's Sparking Apple Cider (my wife wasn't drinking alcohol that night so the cider was perfect). Such a cute gesture...very well received. This is a restaurant with a personal touch...this goes a long way!
The Elkridge Furnace Inn is a fine dining restaurant that really takes care of its patrons. They go above and beyond and offer top quality service with very high end food. I really liked this restaurant and I highly recommend it. We will be going back, for sure.
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