Since track season started on Friday, we will be heading to Albany more. We recently returned to Yono's for dinner.
Yono's has 2 restaurants. The formal dining room (jackets preferred) and casual restaurant dp. Their formal dining room reminds me of Danube (now closed) or Gordon Ramsay's in NYC. Hamilton Street (we missed the acoustic bass part of the duo and enjoyed the piano) added to the ambience. It was nice to have dinner at a restaurant where people were enjoying each other's company and the music vs. looking at their blackberries, etc. One of the only restaurants in the Capital District that might be considered fine dining (tough to find outside of major cities). Yono's is on OpenTable.com. Service was very good. We did not see Yono or Donna. The wine list is extensive. Dominick, Yono's son and the sommelier, is helpful and has even suggested a lower priced bottle of wine if it led to a more appropriate pairing. Now on to the food:
Bread service was warm bread with herbs de provence. Bread was good.
The amuse bouche was gazpacho. I didn't care for it. SO seemed to like his.
SO had the five course traditional Indonesian Rijsttafel and I ordered from the menu.
I had the Hudson Valley foie gras two ways: pan seared foie gras with rhubarb compote and foie gras torchon with rhubarb gastrique, nut brittle. I preferred the torchon. Both preparations of foie gras were very good. I tasted the nut brittle. It was good, didn't really work for me w/the foie gras. Didn't finish it. The rhubarb compote was good and a summery accompaniment to foie gras.
I tasted some of SO's courses and watched him eat since he had 5 courses and I had an app and main. The satay was particularly delicious . . .not dried out chicken on a stick :)
For my main course I had the pan roasted Muscovy duck breast with duck confit, jasmine rice "arancini", crispy skin duck leg, macadamia, candle nut and coconut milk sauce. Loved the sauce. Duck breast was cooked perfectly. Duck confit was okay. I'm not really a confit person. Arancini was very good.
For dessert SO had pot de creme and I had banana bread pudding. The bread pudding was really good. Usually I'm not crazy about Yono's desserts, but tonight they were excellent.
The Yelp perspective:
25 Chapel Street, Albany, NY 12210
we went to dp for dinner on friday as planned. we really enjoyed everything. the chips with blue cheese sauce are very good and addicting as mentioned in the menu. we split a house salad and each had a couple of small plates. i had the amazing sesame tuna with asian slaw and a shrimp sate with pickled veggies. my friend had the tempura soft shell crab and a lamb sate. for dessert we split a vanilla cheesecake with graham cracker crust. i look forward to going back. it was a great choice before a show at the palace too.
we attended a hurricane sandy benefit dinner at yono's not long ago. it was 100.00 a person all going to the red cross. it was an amazing evening. not being meat eaters i called in advance to make sure they could take care of us before committing. they did a great job. you can see more about it here.