Vernon >Heaven City Restaurant
Dining again disappointing. Atmosphere great as always, wait staff very good, food not worth the money. I had the rib-eye, had to send it back for a new cut. Too much grissle and fat. My wife had the white salmon, lacked any flavor, needed a lot of seasoning. This is the 2nd time in 2 that we have been disappointed. Won't go back, too bad we really liked it there.
Awesome dining experience. We travel an hour to go to Heaven City and each and every time it's worth it. The wait staff knows how to make a pleasurable dining experience. We have had Chef Adam at tableside and it was wonderful. We always leave very happy.
~Divine Experience~. Best Duck Confit Ever!! Also, what an interesting place due to its historic connections. Food and service was excellent. Mid-price range for a fine dining experience. Quaint place just outside of Mukwonago.
It's a wild, wild game.
I selected the wild game dinner, as did my enchantress, who is not normally an adventuresome diner, but is a good sport when I bring home something I’ve shot. The $42 meal consisted of four courses:
The first course was an elk consumé featuring wild rice and carrots. Interestingly, we were told the elk bones in question came from Colorado, and we were dutifully informed that it’s illegal serve wild elk from Colorado – mad deer disease and all – so the bones boiled for two days to make our soup came from a farm. The animals’ diet there do-doubt cuts down on the gamey flavor. The consumé was punctuated by bits of carrot that had been baked to savory, chewy texture.
Next came the salad: arugula dressed with a comfit of duck. I was impressed to see these particular arugula leaves bore the marks of some sort of rust – fungal in nature, if I’m not mistaken – no-doubt selected for the tang they imparted. The comfit of duck included savory bits of some of the riches meat I’ve ever experienced. But what made the dish memorable was the generous piece of skin stewed to a remarkable texture. So soft and elastic was it that I could almost could have cut it with the side of my fork, had I wanted to eat it.
I must admit I was disappointed at this point in our meal when our server apologetically informed us that the pinot noir which the menu said would be paired with our salad was not available. We were served something described as “a real nice zinfandel” instead.
That setback notwithstanding, we charged ahead with the entrée, wild boar, served with collard greens and a baked yam puff. Now I must confess, neither collards nor yams are among foods I would seek out. But, I reasoned, wild boar chops were manly food of the first order, not just food for the pallet but also for the soul of a hunter, to satisfy him all the way down to his large, dangling spear.
Indeed the boar’s richness did not disappoint. Its preparation, it was explained to us, started days earlier, when Mars was in Orion. The extensive gristle in the chop added to its wild character. Alas, I was so distracted by the ochre and yam on the menu, I failed to notice that it referred to “a boar chop.” Singular. You should know, dear reader, that a wild boar, as it turns out, is considerably smaller than one might imagine, its chops commensurately diminutive. I decided this was all for the best, as I am trying to lose weight anyway. Moreover, my hunger moved me to eat the collards and most of the yam puff – an earthy experience I’d have missed otherwise. Rich in vitamins, no doubt.
The whole wild game experience was crowned by a crème brûlée serve with a hot toddy. Not having much of a sweet tooth, I merely sampled the crème brûlée, which was indeed sweet. And then, a totally new and unexpected experience: I’d ever had a hot toddy before. It evoked childhood memories of something Jim Lick used at his Clark station back in Waupaca. The first sip instantly brought to mind a happy, foggy picture of some blue liquid in a spray bottle. Alas, this memory was not associated with something I would want near my face.
My wild game experience complete, I confess I felt, as many hunters do, a twinge of remorse, a certain emptiness and longing deep inside of me. To cheer myself and slake my hollow feeling, I thought a nice glass of beer would be in order. And although the server was not immediately familiar with the house’s beer selection, she quickly fetched a list and we are able to settle on something trustworthy.
I honestly cannot recall ever leaving a restaurant with a feeling that I had gained so much knowledge for the experience. For I did depart Heaven City a wiser man.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009
Quaint and delicious. What a quaint restaurant! Whether you're a steak or seafood lover, Heaven City offers the best of both. I was pleased with the variety of options on the menu as well as the service. Both the food and service were outstanding and the dessert menu was so fabulous it was hard to make a choice. We'll definitely be back!
Absolutely fabulous!. This past Saturday night my husband and I dined at Heaven City for the first time on a long-awaited night out at a fancy restaurant. It was incredible! Friends of ours have always raved about the place and now we know why! I had the wild mushroom and cheese appetizer that was amazing and my husband raved about his sea scallops (I'm not a fan of scallops but he said they were perfect). For dinner I had the Filet Oscar that was done a perfect "medium" and my husband had the Sea Bass. Both of our entrees were beyond fabulous and we definitely got what we paid for! We split a warm apple tart for dessert and that was a perfect way to end our heavenly meal. The restaurant name is very fitting. If you've never been there you don't know what you're missing! Friendly servers, warm and cozy atmosphere and gourmet food that you'd never think you'd find in Mukwonago!!
Would Not Call It Heaven. The food was ok. The service was horrible. At the bar my husband had to fix the cash drawer. We ordered an appetizer. It was served to the table next to us. When I inquired the food expediter in a glib and rude manner told me they had ordered it. The table next to us then said that they had not ordered anything yet and offered to give us our appetizer off their table. We mentioned this to the server who just shrugged. A young boy brought our bread and asked us where he should put it. We ordered. My husband and I ordered the same thing. My mom ordered something different. When the food came it sat out on a tray for 10 minutes. When the waitress returned, in a hash slinging manner she asked us, " who had the ....." We then had to take the plate from her. She had a 2/3rds chance of getting it right. My mom's meal was prepared wrong. Her soup was served after the meal arrived. For the prices charged, the staff should be trained in fine dining. I've received better service at a family breakfast joint. Bottom line. We've been given a gift certificate that we would rather NOT spend on another experience there. Would NOT recommend.
Enjoy a slice of Heaven. My wife and I have been to Heaven City on many occasions through the years. We were sadly dissappointed when they closed their doors. We heard that the beautiful retaurant had reopened under new ownership and were delighted to try it out. Boy, were we glad we did. It was better than any experience we had ever had. (At any restaurant!) The ambiance of Heaven City is worth coming for alone. The service was timely and accommodating. Our waiter was very knowledgable and helpful. The food was brilliantly presented and tasted even better! The Braised Pork Shank was delicious, and the Raspberry Veloute dessert was unbelievable. The experience truly made us feel like we had died and gone to, "HEAVEN!"
The New Heaven City. The new owners of Heaven City, Jim & Julie, have done an outstanding job keeping up the high quality that H.C. is known for. The meals are incredible, the live music is wonderful and I love the new outdoor patio. It's a great place to enjoy a cocktail or have lunch. I've never had a bad experience there and I go quite often (lots of new menu items to try!!!) I loved the Ahi Tuna.
Best of the Best. Probably the best dining experience ever. Tapas Tuesday w/live spanish guitar and the Friday Fish "try" are incredible. The Whitewater Salmon is the most inspiring dish ever - the door county cherry souffle is a must as is the warm apple tart!!! You'll be in awe at the portion sizes. The mushroom brie tart is another must have!! You honestly won't find anything on the menu that isn't incredibly exquisite. Impeccable service too.
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