Before seeing Wally Lamb speak last week, my mother and I did a little dinner at The Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, CT due to it’s proximity to the venue. The Pond House has long been one of our favorite lunch spots while dining in the area, but this is the first time either of us had eaten there for dinner and overall, it did not disappoint.
With views of beautiful Elizabeth Park, where the restaurant is located, the scenery really makes the experience special. Large windows look out onto a patio, where on can dine in the nicer months, and beyond the patio lies the pond and of a lot really spectacular flowers.
I could go on and on about how lovely the area around the restaurant is, but the decor inside is also quite attractive. The interesting art on the walls, the large windows mentioned above, and the sort of post modern furniture give the place a a really fun and somewhat relaxed atmosphere. It all feels very open and I’ve always found it to be a comfortable place to dine.
And the food is really great, too. Their menu just makes me happy. The other night when I went with my mom, we both had a very difficult time deciding between a lot of different entrees.
In the end, I settled on the chicken wrap with baby arugula, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and smoked Gouda. It was pretty awesome.
Mom decided on the crab cake served with basmati rice. I of course had try hers and it was also really yummy.
We also split a huge side order of sweet potato fries. I consider myself to be something of a sweet potato fry connoisseur and these, I must say, were quite excellent!
Overall it was a really great dinner and I definitely hope to check it out again. My only complaint would be that they are BYOB… and we know how I enjoy the drink!