On Friday, I shared a little peek at my day trip to Longwood Gardens in my weekly photo challenge post. More pictures of my day + a video will be up in a few weeks since when this post goes live I will be headed on my vacation to…..Alaska! As this post goes live I will be on my way to a land & cruise vacation. I have scheduled a handful of posts to go up this week since I’m not sure how the wifi will be where I’m staying on land. I mean, I’m sure I’ll have some service so be sure to keep up with my Instagram and Twitter for travel photos, but not sure what the wifi will be like at the lodge so I don’t know if I’ll be able to write real posts. That is, until I get to the cruise ship where there is Internet so then I will pick back up with travel posts! Isn’t that strange that I’m not sure about the wifi situation on land but I know I will have it at sea…on a boat?
Anyway, enough of my rambling. On Father’s Day, my family and I went to Longwood Gardens and I made reservations ahead of time at their fine dining restaurant, 1906. I cannot rave enough about this restaurant! The service, food, presentation, everything was amazing.
We sat down in the nice, cool restaurant which was a nice respite from the heat outside. The restaurant was bright with lots of natural light and the linens were crisp white adding to the ambience of a bright, summer environment.
The service was attentive, which I love. I don’t like when the the server is constantly checking on you because I find that disruptive, but I also don’t like when they never check on you and you feel like you need to track them down. Coincidentally, I find that a lot of times when the server is constantly at your table they’re never to be found when you actually need them! But I digress, the service at 1906 was impeccable and super friendly.
Now onto the food. Everything was delicious and the presentation was on point.
First up, we all got individual “flower pots” of bread. Brioche to be exact. It was so cute and the brioche was very tasty especially with some cold pats of butter.
We ordered 2 appetizers to share. The Roasted Pork Belly was delicious and so flavorful. Even all the garnishes were scrumptious. The roasted pork belly was garnished with apricot, picked sweet onion, cherries, and smoked brioche. The second appetizer was the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, which was also delicious and tasted incredibly fresh. It’s comprised of old bay mayonnaise, summer vegetable slaw, and picked mustard seed. The pickled mustard seed had a hint of bitterness, but overall gave the crab cake a bit of a kick.
For my entree, I ordered the Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, which came with ratatouille, whipped ricotta, basil, and aged balsamic. There were options to add proteins to the dish such as chicken or seared scallops, but I opted to go meatless. I was hesitant to order this because I’m very particular about gnocchi. I like my gnocchi (and all pastas) to be al dente and have a bite to them and I have had ordered gnocchi before where it was too soft for my liking. I was very happy to find this gnocchi to not be too soft or mushy in the slightest! It was very tasty and the summer vegetables making up the ratatouille were nice and crisp as well. Nothing worse than soggy vegetables!
Of course, I had to to leave room for dessert. Seeing as how 1906 is at the famed Longwood Gardens, their signature dessert is the Flower Pot. How gorgeous does this dessert look? Doesn’t it look like a real flower pot?!
I don’t know what the “flower pot” is made out of but it wasn’t a cookie. It was thick and hard, but very creamy and smooth. Almost like a hard or frozen buttercream. It was filled with dark chocolate custard which tasted like a rich mousse. The “soil” was chocolate cookie crumbs. The “strawberry” was raspberry hibiscus sorbet which was super refreshing with all the chocolate. The flowers and leaves were real and edible!
If you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved my time at 1906 and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. The menu changes seasonally and I can’t wait to go back during a different season and/or to try their dinner menu!