Big Fork in Chadds Ford
- bluehensfan Sep 8, 2006 02:07 PM
This place apparently just opened recently and I was wondering if anyone has been there yet? According to the website the chef is an alum of Le Bec Fin, Gilmore's, Jake's, and Novelty.
My husband and I went for New Years. We were reluctant to try a new place on a holiday such as this but we were late making plans. I must say that we were very happy with our decision. The food was excellent and the service even better, they anticipated our every need without being intrusive. The meal was 5 courses, all the size of a normal course. Needless to say we had leftovers for days. The scallops app and salmon entree we had were excellent. We also had a duck and fillet entree with a chocolate soufflé for dessert. Amazing experience!
I ate there more than a few times when it was the 'Brass Ladle'. A couple years ago, I retuned after moving to Maryland and found the 'New Orleans Cafe' had moved in. It's my understanding that place didn't last long, though. Now 'Big Fork' is in place and I hope they're there to stay. I've only dined there once and can't wait to go back. The food was great and the service was absolutely perfect. I found their salmon to be cooked "just right" which is rare. Next time I'll save room for the yummy-sounding desserts!
I ate at this location countless times for nearly a decade when it was in its previous incarnation as the Brass Ladle. A couple years ago, we went to stop in for lunch and found it had closed and a new restaurant was opening in its place-- the New Orleans Cafe. We never got a chance to eat there... Before we knew it, the place closed down.
Unfortunately, I recently had a bad experience with the place that took over; Big Fork. I had dinner there a couple weeks ago. I had crab cakes and my wife had a breaded chicken dish. (I forget what it was called) We were disappointed to see that both of our dishes arrived over-done, almost to the point of being burned. I actually like a little crusty texture on the outside of my crab cakes, but when they're so dark brown that there's a lingering "burnt taste", that's a bit too much. Similarly, my wife said her chicken's coating was hard and had a burnt flavor.
I understand mistakes happen and no one likes to throw away food, but in my opinion, professionals should know better and food that over-cooked should never have left the kitchen. I should have said something, but I didn't. We skipped having dessert and hit Brewsters right down the street for some palate-cleansing milkshakes. Sad to say, the ice cream was the culinary highlight of the evening.