Restaurants & Bars

Crabtree Kittle House Review

roze | Mar 19, 200804:30 AM

The Kittle House itself has a nice old school elegant charm about it. It almost reminded me of one of those old estates you find down in the south. We walked inside and were greeted by about six eager hosts and hostesses. They were all very friendly but it was a little overwhelming. After one woman took my coat we were seated in the main dining room.

The dining room had the same old school elegance as the front of the house. Every table was covered in white linen and gold mirrors and various paintings were hung on the walls. There were nice big windows on one side, which allowed the sunlight to stream in and brighten the place up a bit.

We sat down and were given the restaurant week prix fix menu, which listed our options for food and a few select glasses of wine. I knew we had planned on splitting a bottle so I asked for the larger list. And larger list I received!!

He came back with a binder that weighed at least 5 pounds! I could barely manage it. I had no idea that the Kittle House had won various awards for their extensive wine list. We both thought it was pretty funny since we were both so surprised. I ended up picking out a bottle of white and we ordered our meals.

Now the nice thing about going out to dinner with friends is the sharing! Sometimes I know my SO gets annoyed by me always trying out his food. Here my friend and I decided to split everything.

First they brought over some crusty bread and then our appetizers

I decided to start with the Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brussels sprout leaves, lemon and ginger sauce.

Wow. I thought this was really good. The gnocchi’s were nice and soft and the sweet potato flavor mixed with the ginger sauce gave this dish an almost Asian flare to it. Really nice.

My friend opted for the Hudson Valley Farmhouse Salad.

On the menu it described this dish as being field greens, fresh herbs and local vegetables.

I tried a bite and knew immediately there was something in the salad I didn’t like. Cilantro!

Now I have never cared for cilantro and my SO is extremely allergic to the stuff so we are always careful when we’re out to avoid this at all costs. I was kind of surprised it wasn’t listed specifically on the menu. Oh well at least SO wasn’t here to get sick.

I had a couple more bites, eating around the cilantro and found the salad to be good. They used a Meyer Lemon dressing on top which I thought could have used a little more kick to it but overall your average dinner salad.

Then our main courses arrived. I ordered the Grilled Prime Sirloin Steak.

The haricot verts were wrapped up by a slice of carrot. Kind of neat I thought.

The beef came with a very nice cabernet sauce and was topped with a shallot confit. The only part of the dish I didn’t really care for was the potatoes boulanger. To me it was just a really big hash brown. My friend seemed to like it though, so to each their own!

Although I enjoyed my beef immensely I have to say the other entree we ordered was the clear winner of the night.

The Fillet of Nile Perch. This huge piece of fish sits atop a blend of mushrooms, asparagus, leeks and mussels. The entire dish is then coated with a basil broth.

Everything just worked in the dish. The leeks and asparagus complemented the basil in the broth and the fish was cooked perfectly.

Our last course of the night- dessert!!

We ordered the Crème Brulee and the Peach Tart Tatin.

The first one I tried was the Crème Brulee. I have to say it had a slightly odd flavor and texture to it. The brulee itself was really thick.almost too thick. And while it was listed as being a Tahitian vanilla bean brulee it had a weird aftertaste that was almost a little sour.

Our second dessert was much better. The peaches were just tart enough and it came with a Meyer Lemon rum sauce that was amazing. We gobbled this up in no time flat.

After our meal was finished we retired to the bar for an after dinner drink. They have a lovely long mahogany bar that is just gorgeous.

Some things I forgot to add overall. The pacing of the dishes was very good. At no time did we feel rushed and we were able to savor everything with ample time in between to chat.

The presentation of the dishes was wonderful as well. Each plate which was brought out was just as wonderful to look at, as it was to eat.

Overall our service was pretty good as well. Our waiter was very accommodating and even though every table was filled when we arrived the service never seemed to slip.

So to sum up overall, for a $26 three course meal, it was an excellent restaurant week deal.

Pictures and further desciption on my blog.


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