This past weekend I spent skiing at Hunter Mountain right near Tannersville in the Catskills. A local who worked in the ski shop at Hunter recommended The Mountain Brook Restaurant on Rt. 23A, as you drive W and approach the entrance to the ski area, just keep driving past the entrance and you'll see the place on your left.
Pleasent interior with high wooden ceiling and a wood stove. Kind of upscale yet homey... they had medallions of sirloin as well as meatloaf.
We split the creamy, mellow, yummy butternut squash soup with cranberry: a cranberry syup that was in 5 little dollops in the soup.
The bread basket had bread sticks and warm herb rolls with oregano and rosemary, plain rolls, too.
Then we had 2 of the generous, creative salads: a mesclun salad with sesame thai vinaigrette and warm goat cheese. I wouldn't have thought of thai sesame and goat cheese but it worked, partly because neither was too strong: the vinaigrette was delicate yet not weak and the goat cheese had been mixed with cream cheese prior to melting. The other salad was a salmon cake salad: a huge pile of greens with 2 salmon cakes, like upscale salmon croquettes, a creamy buttermilky dressing and julienned red peppers which tied into the red and green pepper bits in the salmon cakes.
I had the special salmon entree: perfectly broiled salmon steak that had some kind of fabulous marinade (maple?) and peppercorns (not too many) served with warm sauteed baby spinach and the apricot couscous, which is a side order always available on their regular menu. Get it--it's great! Couscous with chopped apricots and other stuff I couldn't even figure out but it was slightly nutty and had scallions, too.
My friend had the penne with marinara and grilled chicken... unfortunatly boring due to a boring marinara.
Then we split the apple crisp with homemade vanilla ice cream (they make their own ice cream but offer non-homemade sorbet). YUM. The crisp part was made with oatmeal and sliced almonds in addition to butter, brown sugar and spices. The ice cream was rich and tangy.
The other desserts sounded good: homemade cappucino ice cream with belgian chocolate sauce, white chocolate terrine . . .
The place can be a little loud but we really enjoyed ourselves...just don't get that penne. We stopped in at 5:30 and the place was empty and we made a res. for 7, glad we did because they were pretty full at that time. There is a nice big bar and a small lounge area to wait for a table, too, though.
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