The Thirsty Owl (Saratoga Springs)
We went recently for their wine tasting dinner.
There are two dining areas and the tasting room. I hope they serve on the porch when the weather gets nice. A long way off since Winter begins tomorrow and we've already had plenty of cold and snow. There is off the street parking, unfortunately the lot was full.
It was crowded and lively. The tasting room would have been a better place to sit for a more relaxing vibe and dinner without so much noise. Love the decor with art featuring horses and owls. Casual yet sophisticated.
All the wines are from the owner's vineyard. The whites were better than the reds. The food was better than the wine. Service was good. It was busy and pacing was a little slow and at one point the kitchen sent out some complimentary grilled bread topped with ? We appreciated having a relaxed dinner.
Now on to the food:
Trio of oysters. Raw with persimmon mignotte, baked with garlic and ginger, fried with cajun sour cream
Paired with 2012 Gewurztraminer
Seared quail served over parmesan polenta cake and blackberry coulis
Paired with 2011 Riesling
Celeriac Soup. Celery root puree, goat cheese puff pastry and truffle oil.
Paired with 2012 Snow Owl.
Duck Salad. duck confit over frisee lettuce, shaved red onion, grape tomatoes and roasted pecans with black fig vinaigrette.
Paired with 2012 Lot 99
Escolar. Pan seared escolar, lemon chive beurre blanc over shrimp and saffron risotto & haricot vert.
Paired with 2011 Pinot Noir
Filet Mignon. Grilled 6 oz. filet seared foie gras, sweet potato & yucca dauphinoise served with asparagus.
Paired with 2012 Meritage
Cheesecake, Goat cheese and thyme cheesecake with Thirsty Owl 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine Reduction
Flourless chocolate cake
Paired with 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine
We shared everything. I tasted all the dishes except the filet mignon. The quail was one of my favorite dishes. The escolar was cooked perfectly.The risotto was very good. I don't usually order risotto out because SO makes it better. Liked one of the whites paired with the first or second course the best. Also enjoyed the ice wine, sweeter than what I usually drink.
We will definitely go back.