I don’t think I’ve talked about this restaurant before, although I’m sure I meant to.
Last weekend, I was visiting a friend in the Dutchess County/Columbia County part of New York. One of our favorite places to eat out there is an unassuming restaurant called “Another Fork in the Road”, in the town of Milan (pronounced as MY-LAN, and not like the Italian city because New York is odd like that). Although it’s nothing special in decor, the food is anything but.
We went on a Sunday night, which meant that it wasn’t packed with people but it also meant that a lot of things had run out on the menu. Oh well.
We were still well fed.
Here was our menu:
My friends and I shared three appetizers. We had the grilled asparagus with smoked ricotta and soft boiled egg, the tandoori calamari, and the crispy pork belly with sweet potato and kale.
The smoked ricotta was amazing (as in, I still want some more right now). The flavor of it with the grilled asparagus and egg was just perfect. I loved the pork belly dish just as much. The pork belly was sweet from the root beer but it didn’t taste like root beer at all. It just tasted delicious. It was wonderfully crispy and the mash was really good too (and, to me anyway, not heavy on the sweet potato flavor somehow… I wonder if it also had some root beer in it). For my dinner companions, the pork belly dish was the best of the three.
Our least favorite was the tandoori calamari. It was fine, but it wasn’t anything special. One person at the table is an Indian food “expert” and she said that the combination of spices was too bitter. Personally, I just thought that it wasn’t as well thought out as the other dishes so it paled in comparison. Also, the carrots should have been a little softer.
As for our entrees, there was duck with beans and fiddleheads, chestnut gnocchi with porcini, and 5-spice marinated flank steak with chard/ramp “kimchi”.
I had a bite of the duck and the gnocchi. Both were very good. I almost ordered them but my friends and I have a pact to not order the same dish if we’re dining at Another Fork. I’m glad I didn’t. I grew up on Chinese style roast duck, so I find most other duck dishes to be a little boring. (Even if I am dining at a fine restaurant in Paris. True story.)
The gnocchi were good but the chestnut flavor was undetectable under the sauce. The sauce was amazing, but it’s really more of a fall/winter dish than a spring dish.
The steak dish was my entree. Downsides? I couldn’t taste any 5-spice flavoring. I could only taste the wine in the marinade. As for the kimchi, it wasn’t kimchi at all. I’m not sure it had even been fermented or pickled, to be honest. I think it might have been sauteed. So, I’m not sure why the restaurant chose to describe it as kimchi. (I’ve had pickled items at the restaurant before. It was delicious, so I know they know how to.)
The upside? Boy, it was a tasty dish! Definitely my favorite of the three and I’m glad it was all mine. (^_^)
I can’t wait to visit the restaurant again the next time I’m in the area. You should go too, if the opportunity is ever there.