When plans change, it isn’t always a bad result. Wonderful discoveries happen just as they did one early evening not long ago. By now eager readers are wondering “what discovers?” It was fantastic food that was prepared in such a way that it truly represented fine dining.
Michael’s Fine Food & Spirits. 7672 State Route 20, Waterville, New York
Chef Michael is passionate about food and was well known as executive chef at “The White House Berries Inn” for over three years when it was open and owned /operated by local entrepreneur Ms. Juanita Bass. Michael now graces the kitchen of his own establishment, Michael’s Fine Food & Spirits, chef/proprietor currently celebrating a ten year anniversary this year (2015).
Michael’s is a delight from the moment upon arrival in the parking lot. It is a feeling of coming home. Upon entering the main door, a polite gentleman greets only to inform that the restaurant is booked solid from 6 pm on. There were seats available in the bar-lounge, a few small tables for two and an “L” shaped bar, uncrowded and welcoming for dinner.
The attentive wait staff was available non-stop filling water glasses, offering wine, beer, and specialty drinks. The nightly specials sounded wonderful but an old favorite found in the menu under “Here Fishy Fishy” caught this diners eye. The fruitti d mare with jumbo shrimp, littleneck clams, a small haddock fillet, in a fine, light red clam sauce with fish stock and served over linguine sounded too good to ignore.
Fresh baked bread with homemade whipped garlic butter, crisp, tender calamari with two dipping sauces, to an abundance of greens in a salad bowl, introduced dinner. Based on what had just titillated the tongue, the next plate was sure to be an exceptional adventure. The main entree was perfection with no one flavor overwhelming another. The freshness of the shell fish and haddock was present and only complimented by the meaty clam sauce. The linguine serving as a foundation for the main feature was introduced in just the right portion. It wasn’t a take home meal to feed four.
There was no experience with the dessert tray as the entree was a meal to satisfy. If consumed in its entirety, it was meant to over fill but not in an ostentatious way. There is however, always room for coffee which was smooth, velvety, robust, a true coffee lovers delight.
Michael’s Fine Food & Spirits in Waterville, New York. A dining experience not to be missed.
Where was your last four star rated meal?