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Apr 2, 2009 02:45 PM

Dale Miller (Albany)

It's going to be a good Spring in the Capital Region. Albany is becoming a dining destination. Going to try Ric Orlando's this weekend and Dale Miller will be open soon:

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  1. Anyone going on 4/29?

    Can't wait to go . . .they open May 1st.

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      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        I haven't been but the menu went online yesterday, it looks great. I love that you can get half portions.

    1. Went there for Easter Brunch a few weeks ago and the food was some of the best I've had in the Capital District.

      It's also worth checking out the views from the banquet hall upstairs if you have the chance.

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      1. re: afnisbet

        afnisbet, thanks for the report. Tell us more please . . .

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          1. I was just there for dinner. Overall, it was mixed.
            First, the service was cordial, but had several significant lapses. For example, we ordered a bottle of wine before ordering food. Nearly 30 minutes later, our wine hadn't shown up but our first courses appeared. After complaining to our waiter and runner, it then showed up about 5 minutes later. Bread also didn't appear till about the same time, which was also odd (especially given that this place is really not that big).
            Food was also mixed. To start we had the:
            Champagne poached oysters - would have been perfect, but the oysters were significantly overcooked and tough
            Maura's salad - favorite app.; quail perfectly cooked, well seasoned, and really good
            Foie Gras -good.
            For entrees we had:
            "Triple Sear" Strip Streak - very good; perfectly cooked, well seasoned
            Lobster - definitely the worst thing of the night, and shockingly expensive, even for a Manhattanite. It was described as butter poached lobster with potato gnocchi, simple enough! However, the lobster was in an unadvertised sauce with foam that included candied rinds of some citrus (orange?) and possibly saffron . The sauce was cloyingly sweet and perfume-ish and pretty much dominated the dish; to top it off, the lobster was overcooked. To top it off again, the 'Market Price' of the dish ended up being $56 for the full size portion (!) I suppose we should have asked, but this price is higher than even the lobster at Gotham ($48) or Per Se (in the $40's), and the most expensive full size other entree here was only $30.
            The desserts were somewhat redeeming.
            The Series one, strawberry shortcake was okay, but needed more strawberries.
            The Series two, German chocolate cake was good, not too exciting.
            The banana cake and coconut flan was excellent; by far the best dessert.

            I'd would go back, but probably would wait a bit for them to iron out the kinks since haven't been open that long. Also, since they give a going-away gift (little tea cakes I think) and had a fairly formal atmosphere, it also seemed like a place that should have been serving an amuse-bouche in the dining room.

            1. re: streamwise

              streamwise, thanks for the report. I have not been yet. SO and a neighbor went recently and both enjoyed their meals.

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                I have now experienced Dale Miller cuisine at a fundraiser and a catered lunch. The appetizers at the fundraiser underwhelmed. The catered lunch was a different story. The mini crab cakes, chicken skewers with pesto sauce, sushi, etc. were very good. I look forward to getting to DM for dinner soon.

                I'm still thinking about last night's dinner at SHO and a recent Montreal food weekend. Meals that will be hard to top.

                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                  Anyone been to Dale Miller for dinner recently? Thinking it might be time to finally go and have dinner . . . now that they have been open more than 6 months (it will be a year this Spring).

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    I went quite recently. The place is lovely and everything is superfrsh and well-prepared. Terrific table service. My only problem is that my tastes and Mr. Miller's seem to differ. He combines ingredients in unique wats which is of course fine. But, for example, I had a crusted (pistachio? I can't recall) scallop dish that was perfectly cooked but I didn't like the combo at all--didn't work for me. I'll return to see if this is the case next time!

                    1. re: gerchak198

                      Thanks, gerchak198. Trying to decide where to have dinner this weekend . . .

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        Went to Dale Miller for dinner last week. The room has a contemporary, sophisticated flair. There are tables and booth-like spaces around the perimeter. Chef Dale Miller was visiting diners just after we were seated. We had the following:

                        Bread service with butter, vinegar and oil and cream cheese and ?

                        Amuse - shrimp with capers and ? aioli served in a Chinese soup spoon - simple and fresh

                        First Impressions

                        - pan seared foie gras with vanilla poached pear, walnut crostini, root beer gastrique, cheery compote - very good

                        -Maura's Salad with littlefield organic greens, Moroccan seared quail, spicy almonds, AJ's Indu vinaigrette - delicious

                        Mosaics (small plates)

                        -champagne poached oysters with lobster and brie frittata caviar dollop - very good

                        -duck eggrolls with hoisin sauce - okay, probably wouldn't order again

                        Montage (main plate)

                        NOTE: portion size choices were greatly appreciated

                        -Crispy skin Idaho trout with vanilla parsnip sauce, carmelized figs - very good. Restored my faith in trout since I had a not-so-good trout dish at another Albany restaurant recently. . .

                        -Espresso seared duck breast with lavender honey glace and farro pilaf - portion seemed large for my $20 selection, loved the farro, duck was cooked perfectly. Very good.


                        We skipped dessert and they gave us apricot almond tea cakes which were very good, a bit dry. Not sure, are tea cakes supposed to be a bit dry?

                        Overall, food, service and atmosphere were excellent and can't wait to go back. If you're looking for a fine dining experience in the Capital Region Dale Miller is pretty much it.

                        1. re: financialdistrictresident

                          FDR....thanks for the review. Haven't been yet!

                          1. re: mjoyous

                            mjoyous, one of my better dining experiences in the Capital Region. I believe they also serve in the bar area, which is nice if one is not in the mood for the formal dining room. Similar to Yono's.

                            1. re: financialdistrictresident

                              Yum--and bar food is rapidly becoming my favorite way to dine.

                          2. re: financialdistrictresident

                            Went for dinner last night. Smoked salmon turned out to be hot smoked (cooked) instead of cold smoked (raw), interesting presentation (in a jar) but otherwise unexceptional. Beef carpaccio good. Sous vide pork belly was surprisingly quite dry and stringy (but they volunteeered to take it off the bill). Braised veal cheeks were outstanding, the best dish of the night. Veal mousseline a bit dry, would not order again. Enjoyed half bottle of Musella Amarone. Service was excellent.

                            1. re: barleywino

                              Name change as Dale Miller Restaurant is re-branded as Taste (with Chef Ozimek):


                              Dale Miller Restaurant
                              30 S Pearl At Omni Plz, Albany, NY 12202

                              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                Just saw this on the 6 PM news. Wonder if he will focus his attention now on Sperry's? Steve Barnes will probably have the scoop shortly.

                                1. re: markabauman

                                  Ate at Sperry's Thursday and Dale Miller was on the premises. The meals, Colorado rack of lamb and pork osso buco with parmesan polenta, were terrific.

                                  Dale Miller Restaurant
                                  30 S Pearl At Omni Plz, Albany, NY 12202

                                  1. re: gerchak198

                                    I haven't been to Sperry's in some time:


                                    SO has and said the food is excellent. I understand the menu has changed and has more non-meat choices.

                                    Highlights of the new winter menu:


                                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                                      Went back to Sperry's recently. . .very good. It is open 7 days a week (Saratoga National and Twenty 8 Tables are closed for dinner on Sundays and Mondays) if you don't want casual dining or to cook . . .