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Great meal at Willow-new in Ballston


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Great meal at Willow-new in Ballston

Nancy | Sep 8, 2005 09:53 PM

Friend and tripped into this place, not realizing that it was their first night. But who would have known?!?! Service, food and setting were all great, and good riddance to Gaffney's, the former tenants!

Decor is subdued, more upscale. Friend and I split two appetizers - proscuitto and fontina fritters (nice smokey flavor) and the potato gnocchi with shrimp. Yummy.

Split the Willow flatbread - carmelized onions, mushrooms, cheese (forgot which kind) and a truffle essence. Crust is almost as thin as a cracker, and the serving is quite large - leftovers enough for lunch tomorrow.

Split the ribeye with divine potatoes au gratin - I think there was some truffle oil or essence in them too. Beef was cooked to my liking, nice peppercorn coating and with a port wine reduction.

And even though we were stuffed, we had great dessert - a nutmeg apple tart with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Plate was decorated with attractive spun sugar accents. And, yes, I ate those too.

The food was 1/2 price for their first night. Entrees are between $20 and $20 but the flatbreads are in the teens. I will definitely be back.

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