Sunday, September 22, 2013

TROY RESTAURANT WEEK: THE ALE HOUSE

The city of Troy has been celebrating Restaurant Week since Monday evening. I decided to make a spur of the moment reservation at Daisy Bakers so M and I could have a nice date night. But unfortunately plans changed and we ended up going to The Ale House on River Street instead.

You can tell before stepping foot into the place that its a neighborhood joint. The regulars were deep in conversation at the bar with their beers in hand and sports up on the tv. We were told to sit anywhere and opted for a table in the corner. The servers were nice, but the food.....
The room was too dim to take a decent photos, but I tried my best anyway.



We started with jalapeno poppers which were good, but you can't really mess those up. Can you?
M ordered the restaurant special of braised beef short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes and carrot chips. The meat was tender and fell right off the bone, which was nice, but the flavor could have been better. It wasn't horrible, but I just felt it was missing something to put it over the top. The mashed potatoes were extremely bland and far too starchy, garlic my butt.

I also had a restaurant week special - Seafood Fettuccine w/ Pesto Cream Sauce: lobster, scallops, and clams tossed w/ homemade fettuccine in a savory pesto cream sauce.
The presentation was nice, but I absolutely hated the dish. I'm not usually one to be extremely picky, but this was just a horrible meal. Maybe the worst I've ever had in the Capital Region. The homemade pasta was served undercooked where some parts were still crunchy. Don't get me wrong, I like my pasta al dente but this was just inedible, I only had two bites of pasta. The seafood however was the polar opposite, it was all overcooked and chewy. Not to mention the 'pesto alfredo sauce' did noting to contribute to the dish. That too was bland.

Here's the one photo I took...



What were your thoughts on Troy Restaurant Week, where did you go and what did you order?!


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