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|Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.||Terrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting.||Table Six, in Lenox, features a changing prix fixe meal in the refurbished Kemble Inn.|
Named in reference to the Algonquin Round Table of lore, this restaurant in the beautifully refurbished Kemble Inn is a special addition to the eating experience in the area. Chef Ron Reda, who presided over the White House mess when President Clinton was in office, has come up with a changing prix fixe, three-course meal that comes to $53, with offerings such as a local asparagus soup, duck leg confit, and key lime pot de crème, each of which had a purity of flavor that comes with using great ingredients and presenting them in an elegant way. A spring vegetable soup served the evening we were there was fresh and full of herbal flavors and zest; the crab cake was full of crumbly crab chunks balanced with arugula salad and a rich tomato jam. For main courses, a pan-seared organic salmon and grilled lamb loin chop came out perfectly: The chop, accompanied by a green lentil ragout, was hearty and tender, the lamb full of flavor. I chose a glass of the Cantena Malbec from Argentina ($11.00) to go with it; a hearty red well matched to the meat. A bottle of the Parducci Chardonnay from California was well priced for its quality ($52). For dessert, a mini bundt cake swathed in strawberry and blueberry flavored fresh “berry” cream and a mocha ganache Napoleon were worth risking triple bypass surgery for.—Elizabeth Goldfarb Richardson
Kemble Inn, 2 Kemble St., Lenox, MA
Prix Fixe Dinner: Wednesday – Sunday, 5 - 8:30 p.m.