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Pine Restaurant

Used 11 May, 2018. Visited 13 May, 2018.

This is the restaurant in the Hanover Inn where we are staying; hence used means that I got room service. I was not really doing very well after the scare at lunch at subsequent mega-dose of Benadryl, so we did not venture out to dinner but ordered up room service. The service was prompt and the food was hot upon arrival. We got a basket of chewy sourdough baguette slices with some very good butter (local, I assume). I ordered the potato leek soup. The soup was a delight, beautiful creamed leeks and potatoes, smooth and velvety with the distinct mellow oniony flavor of the leeks and centered in the bowl was a superb silken textured leek custard; there was a drizzle of basil oil. It was perfect. J went small as well, he had the appetizer gnocchi which he said was very good (no, I did not sample it, it had mushrooms, bacon, and asparagus!).

We then went for Sunday brunch two days later. We began with mimosas, of course, which were okay but the sparkling wine used was a bit bitter. J had lemon and blueberry pancakes served with local maple syrup. The pancakes were light and fluffy and the big plump blueberries delicious. I selected the spicy chicken sandwich. This was a lightly breaded fried chicken breast, topped with an over easy fried egg, tomatoes, and arugula on a brioche bun smeared with sriracha mayonnaise and served with french fries. The chicken was not overly spicy but very flavorful; the egg was perfectly cooked (I wish that happened more often!); the sandwich was excellent. The french fries were simply limp but at least they were not greasy. We decided to split a dessert as they had something with rhubarb on offer; it was called a strawberry rhubarb shortcake. What it was was a strawberry custard in a small mason jar with small bits of rhubarb and crumbs of shortcake scattered on the plate around it topped off with a couple of meringue stars. The dessert was okay but more strawberry custard than anything and I am not really a large fan of custard in general (although there are a couple out there that I do like). I decided to also try a dessert cider as I had never heard of an Ice Cider before; it was interesting but sweet.

It is a fine restaurant that takes care with their food preparation and has very good service.

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This entry was posted on May 14, 2018 by in Hanover, New Hampshire.
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