The latest restaurant to grace our city with it’s presence is The Brook Tavern, located on the corner of Nelson and Union. Where The Turf Club used to be and before that The Spring Water Inn, this new restaurant has hot spot written all over it. Owned and operated by Wishing Well owner Bob Lee, this restaurant has a new and exciting twist that will be sure to add excitement to the city of Saratoga Springs.
As you walk in the door, the interior (bare bones) is still the same as it was previously, but with a breath of liveliness which is something it absolutely needed. The colors of each room are warm and cozy with fresh paint and new window treatments and light fixtures. The decorators did a fantastic job transforming it’s appearance.
The menu has energy and creativity, with a good variety of options and all extremely well priced.
The first appetizer, or “snack” that we ordered was the duck wings in a sweet and spicy apricot glaze ($8).
While the duck wings were succulent and meaty, I really fell in love with the pickled slaw underneath them. This is a well-composed dish and I’ve gotta tell you, after eating the wings, I couldn’t take my fork away from the slaw!
We also had the crispy fried pickles with a side of dijon horseradish sauce ($6).
Lightly battered yet very crispy, once you take a bite, the juice from the pickle seeps into your taste buds. The pickles were great alone, but dipped in the dijon horseradish sauce, they were brought to a whole different level. Something I like about fried pickles done this way is that you have the option of picking them up or eating them with a fork as opposed to if they were fried in spears.
Some of the other lighter menu options included:
Oysters on the half shell ($6).
When it comes to oysters, there’s just something about them that gets people excited. These oysters were salty, refreshing and succulent, which are all things I’m looking for when eating oysters.
Simmered PEI mussels in a chorizo creole broth ($10).
The salty and hearty flavors from the chorizo were infused in this broth and after the mussels were simmered in it, they infused the flavors as well. Stellar option, especially for only $10!
An item on the menu that I was intrigued by at first glance was the ahi tuna taco ($12).
My apologies for the awkward photos, but I wanted to give you a good look at these. First of all, for $12, it’s not often you can find tacos with this much flavor and fresh fish all in one! The tuna was cooked well, although I would have preferred it to have been slightly more rare, but the avocado, fresh cilantro and jalopeno lime sour cream made up for it. Two tacos alone could have filled me up, without a doubt.
Sticking with the fish theme, here’s a look at the seared ahi tuna ($21).
Talk about a perfectly cooked piece of tuna, this was it. It was light, it was tender, and the pineapple ginger glaze was incredible. I loved everything about this dish and again, for the price, you really can’t beat it.
The final entree I will speak to is the roasted garlic and herb half chicken ($16).
Not only did this chicken fall off the bone, but it was so moist and flavorful that any other roasted chicken won’t ever compare after eating this. The seasonings were to die for and had enough meat on the plate to feed a small army. Oh right, did I mention it was a HALF CHICKEN? Yeah, and all for just $16.
On to dessert. While we were all extremely stuffed and ready to throw in the towel, like many 5 year olds do after dinner, I made room in my stomach for dessert.
Enter the cast iron skillet chocolate chip cookie ($9).
While you might take a second look and think “woah, $9 for an ice cream cookie sundae?” I promise you, it’s worth every penny and then some. Remember when I said I was stuffed before I tasted this? I fit about half of it into my belly with delight. The cookie itself was super soft and hot as the creamy butter pecan ice cream melted into the chocolate chips in the center. That piece of artwork on top? Oh, that’s just some freshly spun caramel. This dessert is my ideal sweet and I would highly recommend anyone visiting The Brook Tavern to try it!
To say that I enjoyed my night at The Brook Tavern would be an understatement for a variety of reasons. The food, the drink and the atmosphere were all on such great levels, they exceeded my expectations. Honestly, I can’t wait for this restaurant to open on Sunday and to watch it’s success because I am 100% positive that The Brook Tavern will thrive. As long as they keep up with the excellent food and knowledgeable waitstaff, the quality of the experience will never fail. Best of luck to The Brook Tavern and I hope to see everyone there at the grand opening celebration this Sunday (4/14) from 5-8.
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