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Crabtree Kittle House [Chappaqua]


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Crabtree Kittle House [Chappaqua]

wincountrygirl | | Nov 27, 2011 05:45 AM

Went to Crabtree last night and was quite disappointed. We have not been there since this chef took over. The service is terrific but the food lacked flavor. It seemed that the chef relied on a coating of salt on each dish to flavor rather than season throughout. We started well with a hunk of sour dough bread which was crusty and terrific. The butter had a layer of coarse salt over the top which was nice. I did know at the time that this was a portent of things to come. I ordered a glass of chardonnay to start and did not like the wine. When I sent it back the waitress informed me that she did not like that chard either but there was another more oakie one and would I like that one. The obvious question....... why was I not offered that choice at the beginning? I opted out and chose to wait for our bottle. The amuse was served it was smoked trout under a horseradish cream foam. Trout was good, horseradish cream had no flavor. I did not have an appetizer but my husband had the foie and he loved it, but he loves foie. For the main course, I chose the John Boy Farms chicken. It was the biggest chicken breast I'd ever seen. The crispy skin looked great until I actually ate it - it was a salt lick. The meat, though juicy had NO flavor at all and the salt on the top made it inedible. I sent it back. The chicken that replaced it had no salt on top and no flavor. It was juicy though. My husband meanwhile ordered the strip steak with roasted bone marrow. The quality of the meat was outstanding. He loved it but I, again, I did not like the coarse salt treatment on top. The demi glace was lacking a depth of flavor that comes with seasoning in layers, thought he meat itself was good. We did not have dessert but the truffles they brought, you guessed it, no taste.
This was a truly disappointing meal. The wine list is really the reason to go, it's amazing and it can take hours just to pick a bottle. The place was crowded, but still had a very old fashioned vibe. I don't think I'll go back.........