Without the creation of plates, gourmet fare would have to be served on antique tapestries or the carefully delivered lines of authentic Shakespearean actor-chefs. Support fine meals served on stable tradition with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of fine dining and drinks at The Harrop Restaurant in Milton. This Groupon is worth $70 if redeemed on Monday.
Housed in a colonial mansion built in the 1870s by a family of Scottish emigrants, The Harrop Restaurant coaxes patrons through its ornately moulded doors with the scent of elegant, internationally inspired fare. Guests dine by panelled fireplaces, under vintage crystal chandeliers as teeth dance a warm-up waltz with menu starters such as bruschetta on sun-dried-tomato focaccia ($7) and crab cakes draped in mango coulis ($14). Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet in maple-and-mustard glaze snuggles on a bed of rice ($23), and grilled 16-ounce rib steak in Robert sauce ($29) lights up palates without setting off government-regulated fire alarms. All entrees enter the table accompanied by an entourage of vegetables and potatoes. Wind down raucous taste-bud parties with a sweet finale of apple-and-cranberry crumble in caramel sauce ($6.50).
A wine list parades a rosy-faced ensemble of international and local wines, such as VQA Peninsula Ridge chardonnay ($8.95/glass). Refusing to linger in the stomach's shadow, eyeballs can peruse a visual buffet of framed drawings and paintings in each warm-toned room available for sale or marriage proposals with accompanying dowries.