(TV Diner) - Temptation beckoned from the moment we stepped into the brick and beautiful Solstice, housed in a former train station in Kingston, Massachusetts. Enchanting aromas, soft lighting, stylish tables and a handsome bar set the tone at this south suburban restaurant known for its "everything from scratch" menu of creative American cuisine.
We dipped right in an appetizer of gnocchi. The light-as-a feather pillows of potato pasta surrounded by lobster, fresh peas, mushrooms and house-cured pancetta were nothing short of exquisite.
And a wood grilled margherita pizza was another pure wonder. The thin, grilled crust was the perfect vessel for San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil and milky mozzarella.
Knife and fork were at the ready for a remarkably tender filet mignon with blue cheese crust, resting on buttery Yukon mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. The well matched flavors of meat, potato and vegetable hit new heights with the addition of a spoonful of dense red wine sauce. Amazing.
The chicken under a brick was crisp and delicious. And the homemade chive potato nuggets, candied bacon bits and earthy mushroom sauce were the perfect enhancements to this alluring plate.
The attention to detail at Solstice continued with dessert.
A plate of delicate crepes served with warm caramelized bananas and homemade vanilla bean ice cream was delectable.
The same goes for a wedge of coconut layer cake with the smoothest of frostings, paired with ruby red fresh strawberries.
Service was exceptional at Solstice. Everyone from the pleasant hostess to our excellent server to the young man who made sure our water glasses were never more than half empty seemed fully engaged in making a visit to this fine dining establishment a real occasion.
Prices are on the steep side at Solstice, but taking into account the ample portions, caliber ingredients, and fully homemade offerings, the value is considerable with appetizers from $7 to $14; pizzas $15 and $19; entrees $21 to $34 and desserts about $8.
The pinnacle of cuisine, service and atmosphere, Solstice will earn the Platinum Plate.
Located at 63 Summer Street - that's Route 3A - in Kingston, Massachusetts, Solstice is open nightly for dinner.