Hi this is guest blogger Rinku from Cooking in Westchester again. I am wondering just how much fatter I am going to be by the end of the next week with all this eating, but then I again I am always eating under the guise of being a foodie.
Well for a change of pace, my husband Anshul and I drove a little further North than we usually go for things to Chappaqua. Our destination was an elegant, lovely colonial inn – yes the Kittle House. The amazing tranquility and graciousness of the structure deceptively masked the bustle within the restaurant, all wonderfully handled by the very competent wait staff. The restaurant was very busy filled with lots of elegantly dressed patrons.
Well we did lunch again. I did feel that the menu was a little limited but the choices were lovely the food influenced by the local flavors of the season. For the appetizer my husband tried the carrot ginger soup —
— which I tasted enough to get a good sense of the flavors. The soup was lovely, fluffy smooth and complete with the tiniest bits of ginger. I tried the asparagus risotto —
— which had in my opinion a little too much cheese so it tasted just a tiny bit too sharp against the smoothness and gentle flavor of the tender asparagus.
The other appetizer selection was a salad choice. They had three main course options as well – a skirted flank steak which we did not try and then a choice of fish – mahi mahi seved with black lentils and brussels sprouts.
I tried their organic hudson valley roast chicken which came with a side of mashed potatoes and broccoli. For both these dishes the vegetables were an amazing experience, while the sprouts did have a generous dose of butter they were cooked to tender brown perfection and the broccoli that accompanied the chicken is something that I could eat everyday (especially with those creamy mashed potatoes.
Of course the best part of any meal the dessert came next. The only choice that we did not try was the sorbet trio. Anshul tried the apple pie a la mode, which came beautifully presented, with a pool of caramel sauce on the side.
We did not like this dessert as much as my choice, the apples seemed to be a little too plain and the crust a little too soft, a hint of tartness would have completed the marriage of flavors better.
The chocololate panna cotta that I ordered was too die for, I could eat those everyday for all my meals and I am not a chocolate fan. Here the chocolate was garnished with tangy sweet mango slices and lovely crisp toasted coconut. Just a perfect ending to a wonderful meal!
The restaurant was bright with white linen and beautiful red roses on the tables. The view of the garden still did not have enough green but I think will be lovely in a few weeks.