OK, so I’m not a gourmand worthy of writing a journalistic ‘review,’ but I’ve eaten enough restaurant meals over the years to know good from bad and everything in between.
I joined my friend April for dinner at Waterville Valley’s newest restaurant, The Lantern, last week. I can summarize my evening out in three words: Clean. Delicious. Attentive.
The Lantern is located in the former Diamond’s Edge North space on the second level of Waterville Valley’s Town Square. When we entered, we were met by an energetic and attentive (one of my top three words!) young man who showed us to our table. As we walked by the bar, I noticed that its signature ‘U’ shape looks the same – which, is a good thing. It’s one of the most comfortable and fun bars in the region. The dining room has a fresh coat of paint, including a rustic rendition of The North Church Tower from Paul Revere’s Ride – significant because the name ‘The Lantern’ is derived from one of New England’s most famous stories of Paul Revere and his midnight ride to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the Red Coats were coming to get them!
The tables were all dressed in white tablecloths, which contrasted elegantly with black painted chairs. The dining room was spotlessly CLEAN (one of my top three words!), and although I didn’t see the kitchen, I heard it is clean enough to eat off the floor. Our fun and attentive server presented us with a menu that features something for everyone – but don’t worry, it’s not so huge that it’s overwhelming. The Executive Chef is John Richard, known for his celebrated menus at the Sunset Room at Owl’s Nest Golf Course. He’s created a menu that will satisfy all ages and is very reasonably priced (especially for a resort town!).
April and I shared an order of mozzarella sticks with homemade marinara sauce. I ordered a garden salad and April ordered an arugula salad. Both were delicious (my other top three word!). April said the salad rivaled the tasty salads she enjoyed on a recent trip to Italy. We both ordered the beef filet, which were cooked perfectly. For dessert, I had cheesecake and April had tiramisu, which we both planned to bring home, but they were so yummy we ate three quarters of each, to the disappointment of our families waiting at home.
There was entertainment the evening we ate at The Lantern – an acoustic guitarist/singer. The big, open dining room with tall ceilings make it somewhat loud, but with music in the bar, it was much too loud for my liking. I mentioned this to Tom Powers, the restaurant’s general manager, and he said they are aware of the problem and have some ideas of how to mitigate. The good thing is that the entertainment was really good and I loved the music!
Check out The Lantern. It’s definitely worth it. I know I’ll be returning with my family – many times.