Craft On 9 – Unexpected Fine Dining

 

The atmosphere of this place is reminiscent of a taproom/speakeasy that you might have frequented during prohibition in the 1920’s.  The unpretentious rustic warehouse look instantly puts you in a relaxed mode and the chalkboard listing all the craft brews on tap and signature cocktails lets you know that you are going to have fun too! 

The hubs opted for a stout, Founder’s Backwoods’ Bastard which he said was dark, sweet and chocolatey.  He’s the beer man which left me with a nice crisp pinot grigio. There were four of us for dinner and although our reservation was for 6:30, we lingered over our drinks without any rush.  We were seated and our soft-spoken waiter refreshed our drinks and filled us in on the daily specials.

 

The appetizers list is eclectic with a choice for everyone from poutine and pan crisped spaetzli to lemon hummus and olive tapenade. Boursin cheese and duck confit stuffed in Portobello mushrooms with a pink peppercorn brandy sauce?! This chef isn’t playing around!.  I ordered a special salad of baby arugula, red onion, Danish bleu cheese, dried apricots, spiced cashews all tossed with a raspberry champagne vinaigrette. The salad was not overly dressed, the peppery arugula fresh and the textures were very appealing to this veggie lover!

My friend enjoyed the Kalamata and Green olive tapenade and we were fortunate to have her share a bite or two of this chunky, homemade mixture with sundried tomatoes and artichokes served along with baguette crostini.

After my salad and swiping tapenade, I ordered the Herb marinated char grilled shrimp over seafood risotto.  This dish is available in small plate size and regular dinner size.  The star of the plate is the shrimp and the char grilled lemon that I squeezed over the top.  I was happy to see that the risotto, although perfect with wild mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts, didn’t take over the whole dish…sometimes restraint is key! How did the chef get such a great char on the shrimp and the lemon? I peeked in the open kitchen and saw the large flat grill in the center where Chef Robert Murphy was making his magic!

One of our dinner companions ordered the Bucatini Bolognese.  He didn’t leave any on his plate, but neither did any of us! 

Of course there was no room for dessert but we were well satisfied with this delectable meal.   It was an unexpected pleasure to dine here and it is obvious the Chef/Owner takes great pride in searching for the freshest ingredients and showcasing them.

(518) 223-0512

1451 Saratoga Rd
Fort Edward, NY

 

Hours

Mon Closed (until June)
Tue Closed
Wednesday -Sunday 3pm–12am

Parties and events upon request.

 

 

 

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