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Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

financialdistrictresident Jul 18, 2013 05:58 AM

Just went to Javier's (in the former 28 Tables location on Maple).

Had the tasting menu with fried oyster, ceviche, halibut, duck accompanied with quinoa, tres leche for dessert.

Very good. Duck was some of the best I've ever had in Capital Region. SO's halibut was a little overcooked. Mine was perfect.

More details to follow.

Wish they were on www.opentable.com

PS Haven't posted in ages. Site has changed . . .Can't figure out how to do a search . . .Please link this post to a Javier's thread if there is one. Thanks :)

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  1. jaylhorner RE: financialdistrictresident Jul 19, 2013 02:15 AM

    welcome back.

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      financialdistrictresident RE: jaylhorner Jul 19, 2013 03:34 PM

      Thanks. Where have you been eating?

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        jaylhorner RE: financialdistrictresident Jul 19, 2013 03:38 PM

        In Saratoga, Mio Posto and Mama Mia. How about you?

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          financialdistrictresident RE: jaylhorner Jul 19, 2013 03:58 PM

          Mio Posto.

          What's Mama Mia?

          Outside of Toga really enjoying Strata. They make their haleumi in house.

          During Track Season plan to head to Tara Kitchen, Cella Bistro, Grappa 72, NWBB, The Gingerman (still have not been and duck sliders have my name on them) . . .

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            jaylhorner RE: financialdistrictresident Jul 19, 2013 04:37 PM

            Mama Mia... Pizza parlor plus. Nothing fancy.

            Also on the list: Ala Shanghi, Saigon Spring, Sushi Na-Ra, Otis & Oliver, Shining Rainbow. Been grilling at home also.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: jaylhorner Jan 24, 2014 01:36 PM

              Sometimes SO takes me to lunch at Saigon Spring.

    2. jaylhorner RE: financialdistrictresident Jul 19, 2013 03:46 PM

      Minor fire closes Javier’s in Saratoga at least for tonight.

      http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

      1. davmar77 RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 1, 2013 10:44 AM

        going tonight and based on the various reviews, i can't wait!

        1. davmar77 RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 2, 2013 05:16 AM

          really good meal last night. we like the space too. we met javier at the red cross benefit for hurricane sandy during which the idea of this place was sparked. anyway, here's the scoop.

          we had an heirloom beet salad with radish and crispy avocado and a goat cheese puree, black bean soup with a goat cheese croquette and lime creme fraiche and alaskan halibut ceviche with cucumber, lime, orange, cilantro, sriracha and corn tortillas. the beet salad was a special. followed by the Tamale of Wild mushrooms and Berkshire blue cheese, jalapeño-manchego polenta cake, pan seared sea bass with asparagus and chantrelle mushrroms with a ginger lime butter which was also a special. to close, coffee and tres leche cake.

          1. financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Dec 19, 2013 08:24 AM

            Per TU, chef change:

            http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

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              Roger K RE: financialdistrictresident Dec 19, 2013 03:37 PM

              I'm really interested to find out where Chef Bowden goes next. I really enjoy his cooking. I'm not sure I can see him as 2nd fiddle after being Executive Chef at his last few locations.

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                financialdistrictresident RE: Roger K Dec 20, 2013 03:35 AM

                Roger K, that makes two of us :)

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                  jaylhorner RE: financialdistrictresident Dec 20, 2013 03:56 AM

                  Make it three of us!

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                Roger K RE: financialdistrictresident Jan 14, 2014 06:58 AM

                Well, here's the answer for all of us...
                http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/new...

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                Roger K RE: financialdistrictresident Jan 23, 2014 07:59 AM

                Had the opportunity to be invited to a tasting under the new chef, Eric Sell, at Javier's last night. Looks like it will continue at a similar quality to when Brian Bowden was cooking. The items we had were not anything that was on the current (and maybe changing?) menu, but it did show the new chef's abilities and innovation.

                - Chorizo and Lobster w/ pickled fennel, and hollandaise.
                - Tuna Crudo w/ capers, olive puree, and shiso pickled jalapeno.
                - Poached Pear Salad w/ frisee, goat cheese fondue, lardon, and mint vinaigrette.
                - Roasted Monkfish w/ sauce Caruso.
                - Argentinian (sic.) Churrasco - wagyu skirt steak w/ avocado mousse, and horseradish crema.
                - A trio of desserts.

                Same impeccable service and sincere warmth for Javier himself.

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                  financialdistrictresident RE: Roger K Jan 24, 2014 01:34 PM

                  Thanks for the report, Roger K. How nice for you :) Sounds like we need to get back.

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