Chef Peter Kelly's Restaurant X & Bully Boy Bar does not disappoint. One of the things I like about Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is that it creates an amazing opportunity and value for restaurant goers to expand their dining palates and experience a wide range of cuisines. If there is an art to dining Peter Kelly has included us in his masterpiece.
Outside it was a crisp November eve, inside we were greeted warmly by the Hostess who checked us in and went to see about our table. I ordered us a couple of Cabernet's at the bar and we warmed our hands by the wood burning fireplace, raised our glasses to the future and drank to the past.
|Pan Roasted Diver Scallop with Fava Bean Ragu and Oyster Mushrooms|
- For Appetizers we had the King Salmon Sashimi Roasted Pear & Shiso Coulis with White Soy & Nori Crumble and the Onion Soup Gratinée Black Dirt Onions, Aged Sherry & Gruyere
|Onion Soup Gratinée Black Dirt Onions, Aged Sherry & Gruyere|
The soup was well balanced, lightly salted, slightly sharp and slightly sweet. The Salmon had a delicate flavor with an added soft crunch by way of the Nori Crumble.
|King Salmon SashimiRoasted Pear & Shiso Coulis with White Soy & Nori Crumble|
For entrees, we had the Captain Lawrence Beer Braised Brisket, which was so tender it melted in your mouth.
Captain Lawrence Beer Braised beef Brisket
Chive Spaetzle & Cider Braised Red Cabbage
and the Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp Coach Farms Goat Cheese Risotto with Chiffonade of Basil, Grated ginger & lemon Zest. The shrimp were garlicky, moist and were arranged around the side of the plate resting on the creamy risotto.
|Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp Coach Farms Goat Cheese Risotto with Chiffonade of Basil, Grated ginger & lemon Zest|
For dessert we had the Pumpkin Panna Cotta and the Hudson Valley Apple Cobbler. The warm cobbler was my favorite.
|Hudson Valley Apple Cobbler|
|Pumpkin Panna Cotta|
Chef did throw in a surprise, perhaps it was my camera flash going off that alerted him, because no sooner did our desserts appear, so did a Carrot Cake with his compliments, which ran a close second to the Cobbler in my opinion.
|Organic Carrot Layer Cake|
Mascarpone Frosting & Rum Anglaise