Restaurant: Kensington’s

If you’re in the mood for total relaxation and some wonderful food, Yankee Magazine has a great recommendation for you. It named The Spa at Norwich Inn as the Best Destination Spa in New England. New England Travel & Life agrees; it named The Spa at Norwich Inn “Best Resort in Connecticut” in its 2006 issue. Many local residents visit The Spa at Norwich Inn to enjoy its world class spa treatments, to shop at the sophisticated Boutique or to attend a wedding, but they believe the property’s award-winning restaurant, Kensington’s, is reserved only for overnight guests.

Nothing is further from the truth. Executive Chef Daniel Chong-Jimenez is always delighted when he finds local people when he leaves the kitchen to chat tableside with dinner guests.

Kensington’s features sophisticated cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. While all of the food is healthfully prepared and beautifully presented, the menu offers a wide range of choices. The cliché of spa food as a boiled carrot and a plain white filet of fish is nowhere to be found at Kensington’s. If you want a fine red wine (Kensington’s wine cellar won awards from Wine Spectator magazine), a great steak and a decadent chocolate dessert, you can find them at Kensington’s.

Chong-Jimenez, a native Californian who worked at two famous West Coast spas before coming to Norwich, was a guest on Connecticut Public Radio’s Food Schmooze program with Faith Middleton and has been praised by Connecticut Magazine’s restaurant critic, Elise Maclay. What better re-commendations in the Nutmeg State?

For additional information or to make online reservations, visit www.thespaatnorwichinn.com or call 860-425-3630.