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For those able to truly appreciate a full night out that 1. doesn’t mean driving “into town,” 2. means driving all over for movies here, a drink there, and dinner elsewhere, or 3. doesn’t have an age limit that ends at 30 years old … there are places like Sky.

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This Norwood Restaurant offers the whole deal: a swanky bar for a drink, before you head to a gorgeous dining room with an elegant yet quiet waterfall fountain at one end, and a nightcap with an entertainer. All under one roof.

The night we were there, there was a hypnotist, and the room was packed with adults, of all ages, ready to be entertained and hypnotized. On Friday, August 1, Sky welcomes “Spiritual Encounters with Ruthie Larkin, The Bean Town Medium,” a 9pm show at $25 per person. Guests will experience a group psychic reading with Larkin, who was recently featured in the book 100 Top Psychics and Astrologers in America, and who does private, phone and group readings as well as large events. Larkin has a considerable Reiki following and her healing gifts are often combined with an on-the-spot reading during these sessions. Guests of the show that dine at SKY will also receive a complimentary dessert with the purchase of an entrée. The event is sponsored by Bacardi, and there will be specialty cocktails featuring Bacardi Mango Rum.

And on August 14, at 7:30pm, the Paint with SKY night, under the tutelage of artist Jackie Burns, include painting supplies, instructions and appetizers, $40 per person.

But it’s definitely a restaurant first, the kind with a fireplace, tea lights, Rat-Pack banquette seating, and a waterfall at one end of the room. It’s a business meeting and date night kind of place, clean, well organized, and well-trained waitstaff. It’s city-style elegance in the burbs.

The bartender has a creative streak. There are several sangrias, martinis and margaritas; there’s also “old-school twists” like the “Hot & Dirty” Ketel One vodka with spicy pickle juice, sriracha and olive juice, and a lavender-honey Sidecar, with Remy V.S., Cointreau, house-made lavender-honey syrup, and lemon juice. We took the waiter’s suggestion and tried the Mango-Jalapeno Daiquiri, which was Bacardi mango, muddled jalapeno, fresh lime, and pineapple juice, and had a predominant jalapeno bite, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly spicy; and the Watermelon margarita, with watermelon-infused tequila, house sour mix, and a black sea salt rim, which was refreshing and light.

The wine list is great, but I also love a place with a great microbrew selection, including, on tap, Clown Shoes, Ommegang, and Pretty Things, and in bottle/cans Dale’s Pale Ale, Sixpoint Sweet Action, and Allagash Tripel. When I see a beer list like that, I look forward to the food.

We weren’t disappointed. We JUST missed the half-priced appetizer, pizza and $1 oyster specials, which ended at 6 p.m. The crabcake trio, low on the filler, had three different toppings or dips: pineapple salsa, sweet chili, and traditional remoulade; the waiter also recommended the lettuce wraps ($12), with chicken, water chestnuts, lettuce,e peanuts, pineapples, carrots, sprouts and hoisin sauce; and the Tomato Tower ($12), which he called “exquisite”: beefsteak tomatoes, prosciutto de parma, fresh mozzarella, and baby arugula, topped with shaved pecorino romano and a caper shallot vinaigrette.

Other notables on the summer menu include gazpacho ($8); lobster a nd corn pizza ($16): with a three-cheese sauce, topped with potato sticks, and lemon compound butter; and Michiasport Maine fried clams ($16).

We also started with the chef’s board, which tonight was a sliced meat the waiter called Pinnochio sp? Which was similar to prosciutto, along with soppressata, balsalmic-roasted yellow tomatoes, marinated sliced mushrooms, and a citrus-crab dip to top on sliced bread.

Grilled Mako Shark was prepared with a blueberry reduction and a mint-berry marinade for a flavor that didn’t overwhelm the fish. It was paired with a miso melon noodle with diced vegetables.

I was there for the twin lobster special: the lobster tail was sliced for ease of removal, and it was served with a browned butter for simple perfection, along with baked potato and native corn. The regular lobster dish also features an optional Maryland lumb crab stuffing for $9 more, but I like my lobster commando. There was also clam chowder ($8) and Rhode Island Littleneck Clams ($2.50 each) for a true clambake style spread.

Ther’es also a Maine lobster club, toasted sourdough bread stuffed with lobster salad, avocado aioli, bacon, lettuce, and tomato ($19), and the prosciutto parmesan crusted shrimp and scallops with scampi risotto, peppers, carrots, onions, spinach, parsley and lemon butter ($26).

Other summer menu specials included truffle summer spaetzle ($20) with sweet peas, zucchini, native corn, fava beans, pea shoots, sugar snap peas and white wine truffle sauce; organic fried chicken ($24) with truffle mac and cheese, bacon and honey gravy; lobster pomodoro ($28) with smoked pork belly, tomatoes, scallions, lobster cream sauce over angel hair; and scallop and bacon risotto ($27), with sweet peas, butternut squash, micro herbs and romano cheese.

The desserts are all made by the in-house pastry chef. We were tempted to order an assortment of “No-Guilt Minis” that included a choice of Creamsicle panna cotta, fresh berry cheesecake, chocolate praline, strawberry chiffon crème, and more. ($3 each, or 4 for $10). The waiter also highly recommended the Berry Shortcake ($8), with a compote of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries with a vanilla pastry cream over white cake, with vanilla ice cream; I thought it sounded a little boring, but it was NOT; it melted in our mouths, and had this amazing richness. The flourless chocolate mousse cake (gluten-free) was gone in minutes, too. Other choices included apple strudel, lemon chiffon cake, vanilla bean crème brulee, Boston cream pie, a trio of seasonal sorbet, and a milk chocolate fondue with an assortment of brownies, seven-layer bars, pound cake, strawberries, bananas and marshmallows ($10).

The dessert cocktails also included cocktails named Milky Way; Espresso martini, peppermint patty, tiramisu, key lime pie and squid ink (a “galleon captain’s digestif, with flavors of licorice and black raspberry…Do ye dare?”). We chose to end with a nice Royal Tokas “5 Puttonyos” dessert wine and cappuccino.

Service was punctual, friendly and knowledgeable, and polite. Sour note: while we dined, we heard on the background music “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend.” Classy background music fail. I’m not expecting classical, but I didn’t welcome big-hair Classic Rock, either.

Other specials include Kids under 10 eat free Sundays, 3-9pm, from the kids menu (one child per adult); and Half-priced burgers on Mondays.

Sky Restaurant
781.255.8888
1369 Boston Providence Highway, (RT1 S)
Norwood, MA 02062

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