Sunday, July 29, 2012
Bistro Twenty Five, White Plains, NY
Bistro Twenty Five is a recently renovated restaurant and bar located on the edge of the Maple Moor golf club in White Plains, New York. The menu reads classic Italian-American, and what you'll find on your plate is true to those roots, yet still has a bit of modern touch to it. I had the opportunity to dine there two nights in a row, so I was able to sample a good variety of dishes and appetizers. This restaurant was clearly worth the second trip.
My entree on the first night was an old favorite of mine- Veal Saltimbocca. Bistro Twenty Five's version had all the classic elements- the lightly breaded veal, the prosciutto, and the sage - the principal elements that make a "Saltimbocca" what it is - the word translates to "jump in the mouth" - while the combination may seem a little odd at first, there is something about it that makes you want more. The dish is finished with a cabernet reduction - a little different than the classic sauce made from Marsala wine. This touch just works, and goes a long way to keep this classic fresh and new. Finally, the veal is paired with fresh green beans and roasted fingerling potatoes to make a complete meal of it.
no cheese on fish!) - but I'm actually ok with that- as long as it is not overdone. The sauce was more of a broth, and had all of the classic elements of a white clam dish with a touch of lemon to it. Personally, I would've preferred the broth to be a reduced down more so it clings better to the pasta, but overall, still a successful dish. I should qualify these comments with the note that I usually do not order pasta dishes on a regular basis, simply because I can be very picky about my pasta- so I don't want to seem like I had a bad experience- this pasta dish just did not play as well as the previous night's veal dish did (and the veal was excellent- setting a very high bar).
I would absolutely return to Bistro Twenty Five. While not every dish was a home run in my opinion, there are so many winners, and such a profound respect for the classics, that it strikes a chord with my own Italian-American background.