Superb in every way !!
By: Love Peonies (Jan 18, 2010)
First time to Berkeley Springs and found Panorama at the Peak an unexpected and welcome surprise. Having lived in San Francisco, dining regularly in New York ... this very appealing restaurant could compete successfully in either Big Food City. From the moment we walked in we were welcomed and cared for by Patti, one of the owners. She and her partner as well as the chef, Scott, have a well demonstrated interest in sustainable agriculture, utilising organic, locally grown and biodynamic suppliers. They provide a tangible boost to local sustainable farming. Scott, I might add, learned to cook from the Julia Child cookbooks and TV shows, beginning at age 12!
The spinach salad and butternut squash soup were as fine as in any Michelin-rated French restaurant (minus the butter fat). The soup was a thick puree' of squash and apples. Butternut ravioli were airy-light and delicate, but this vegan had to sample the superb shepherd's pie, made with delectable, delicate lamb, seasoned with garam masala and thyme. Oh my, definitely worth falling off the vegan wagon.
The wine selection is well thought out and features reasonably priced, diverse and skillfully crafted wines, including organic selections. After all, anyone can order an expensive wine. It takes love and knowledge to buy well-priced, good wines.
Finally, dessert offers a wide variety of selections, including a few not on the menu.
Be sure to ask!
When we returned to our hotel, the staff commented that this restaurant was a favourite for locals and their special occasions.
We can't wait to come back.
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