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Mystery Diner: Ivory Restaurant

Ivory Restaurant, 1 Kirtland Street, Deep River, CT 06417 / (860) 526-2528

Had dinner with friends at The Ivory the other night. We were in the dining room as far away from the bar as you can get; it was a bit loud, but doable. Considering it was the Saturday after Christmas, am guessing there were more than a few college age kids catching up with friends. There were four of us and we were able to carry on conversations with little difficulty.

The menu is large and varied. I started with the House Salad and a creamy peppercorn dressing. Great salad: a mix of wonderful lettuce, some red onion, a couple of halved cherry tomatoes (I particularly like when they halve the tomatoes), a few slices of green pepper and cucumber. And I was full. Then my fish tacos arrived. Well, there were four. And they were colorful. Pickled cabbage, avocados and cilantro dressing – beautiful as a Pappagallo hand bag. And wouldn’t ya know it. They were yummy. I ate three of them. The fish had a light tempura coating – moist and not greasy. Very good. I paired it with Sam Adams Winter Lager – probably a little heavy for this meal. But I really like a robust beer on tap.

One companion had the Fisherman’s Feast: fresh scallops, shrimp, scrod and calamari fried to a golden brown, served with French fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce. He loved and ate every bit of it. Paired with Iced Tea. Another started with Calamari, “Rhode Island Style,” flash fried with hot cherry peppers and garlic chips. Served with Parodomo sauce and moved on to the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna cooked rare, mango salsa, spicy ginger vinaigrette, wasabi mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. And then he finished my last taco. He paired his meal with the House Chardonnay. And the last had a New York Strip Saltamboca. Fire grilled, aged strip with Proscuitto de Parma and mozzarella bake and a red wine reduction. Served with parmesan-truffle mashed potatoes and garlic spinach sauté. It looked and smelled divine. It was paired with a Chardonnay as well.

The  Ivory does offer a gluten-free menu, it is not extensive – but the offerings are nice. Grilled Salmon, Broiled Seafood or a NY Strip Steak served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Arugula, Salad. Organic Seasonal Vegetables (Gluten Free – Organic – Vegetarian) Tarragon tomato Pinot Grigio sauce, parmesan sweet potato crust, gluten free linguini and vegetables, spicy garlic olive oil sauce, organic grains, apple-fennel salad. Vegan, Vegan, Vegan!

I feel that the prices are reasonable and The Ivory is worth a drop-in. Enjoy!

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One Response to Mystery Diner: Ivory Restaurant

  1. Susann Costa

    December 31, 2014 at 8:13 am

    The Ivory is a favorite go to restaurant for us. Their Tue $14.00 specials are real bargains. Next time you should try their homemade guacamole and chips..it is made and served in a real Mexican stone footed bowl.