The other day we decided to visit West Main Kitchen & Bar for lunch. Actually West Main was our second dining choice. We drove over to the Culinary Institute but, the restaurant’s were closed. The CIA won’t reopen until late August. Oh well, since we wanted to try something different we opted for West Main.
We visited the restaurant at the right time. It was a weekday and post lunch hour. There were only a few patrons so we pretty much had things to ourselves. The dining area is light and airy. It’s surrounded by large windows on 3 sides. The decor is clean and crisp. Not quite minimalistic, but not overwhelmed with decoration.
To enter the restaurant we walked by the outside seating area that looked perfect for evening get togethers. I’ll have to stop by during evening hours to see if I am right.
Upon entering the restaurant you walk into the bar area, but quickly to the right is the dining area. We were promptly seated and handed menus. According to their website they serve New American Cuisine with influences from Mexico, Italy and Asia. Being that we’re enjoying the low-carb, high-fat lifestyle, we stayed away from breads, pasta and the like.
I ordered burrata as my appetizer and fried goat cheese salad for my entre. Along with the meal I ordered a California chardonnay. Did I mention that West Main has a fully stocked bar? My hubby also ordered the burrata but he ordered cheesesteak as his meal (without the bread).
The Appetizer is Delivered
The presentation of the burrata was mouthwatering. The burrata was set atop a bed of lettuce with halved cherry tomatoes adorning the outer ring. The whole medley was sprinkled with white truffle oil and balsamic vinegar.
It was as tasty as it was attractive. The trick was to get the perfect forkful containing a bit of the lettuce, a piece of tomato and a slice of the mozzarella along with the burrata’s inner cream. Once everything was on the fork I had to grab a dab of the white truffle oil and balsamic vinegar. What a delightful mouthful. Yes, I did close my eyes for a bit to help focus my senses on the culinary magic that was going on in my mouth. I ate it slowly and savored every magical bite.
Honestly, after eating the burrata I was done for. Anything afterwards would be anti climactic, but alas, I had ordered the fried goat cheese salad so I had to at least taste it.
The salad came, it was large and I realized I had to give it the good old college try. It had a mound of chopped salad greens in the middle of the plate dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. On top of the salad were roasted peppers and chopped crispy bacon. There were also full slices of crispy bacon on two opposing sides of the salad. On the other 2 sides rested the fried goat cheese with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
And the Eating Began…Again
I’ll start this by saying that I’m probably the only person in America that can do without bacon. I usually give my bacon away to my dining partner. This time was no exception, except that I decided to try a little piece of it. Well, it was so crispy that I decided to keep the rest of my bacon. The crispiness did much to add additional texture to the salad.
I enjoyed the salad and managed to clean the plate. I’ve got to say, however, that the burrata was the star of this dining experience.
My hubby is man of few words, but he also enjoyed his meal.
Would I go back to West Main again? Yes, I would. For more info, visit their website:
West Main Kitchen & Bar
2710 W. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590