For the first time, all three foodies (and Kent's better half) all got together to review a restaurant. Jake Moon in New Scotland was recommended by a friend, so we decided we would give it a try.
When the waitress came over with our menus she said, "We have a small menu, but everything on it is amazing". We took that as a bit of a challenge, but our conclusion was unanimous - she was right.
We ordered a few appetizers to share: a cup of the lobster bisque ($4), crisp fried bluepoint oysters with a chipotle aioli ($9), and goat cheese pillow with a rhubarb chutney ($8). The lobster bisque had a great flavor, with a slight peppery finish. The oysters were crunchy on the outside, but moist inside and the aioli was smooth with a nice spice. The cheese pillow had a nice flaky phyllo dough outside with a creamy goat cheese inside. The arugula and rhubarb chutney with the pillow made for the perfect bite.
Press 'More' below to see the rest of the review and additional pictures.
We continued our trend of trying as much of the menu as possible with the entrees:
- Atlantic Salmon Filet Veracuzano with peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice served with black beans and rice ($18.50). The salmon had a crispy skin and moist inside. The presentation on this was beautiful.
- Steak au Poivre with crushed blackpepper and a cognac cream sauce, served with handcut fries ($22). I ordered the steak medium, and medium it was, it was perfectly cooked and nice and tender. The blackpepper on it gave it a great flavor. I would have complained that they only gave me a butter knife to use, but turns out that was all I needed. The cognac cream sauce worked with the steak, but I wasn't overly impressed with it. The fries were unseasoned, but cooked well. This one needed some work on it's presentation.
- Baby Pork Osso Bucca Milaniase served with grilled polenta ($18). The pork just fell off the bone in this dish. It was super tender and very flavorful. The polenta didn't appear to be grilled, but it was still cooked well with exactly the flavor you would expect.
- Clarksville Fish Fry with chips and cole slaw ($13). This was just your traditional fish and chips, but just like the other dishes, done quite well. The fish was moist and flaky, and the batter on it wasn't greasy but could have used a little seasoning (salt did the trick for us). The fish and chips here didn't have the overly 'fishy' taste to it that you often see in a lesser quality dish. The fries that came with the fish fry were overcooked and again, could have been seasoned.
Again, we went crazy with the desserts, getting one of each of the four dishes they had: Coffee Toffee Pie, Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding, Apple Streusel Pie, and Creme Brulee ($5 / each). This is the point of the meal where we started to disagree. We all liked all of them, but we each ended up having a different favorite. They were all winners.
The restaurant inside is a bit small and looks old and outdated, but they have a nice patio area that seats a fair amount for the warmer months.
Fun helpful facts:
Jake Moon does not have a liquor license, so you are welcome to bring your own beer or wine.
The menu constantly changes on a weekly basis based on what is in season.
The chef, Dan Smith grows his own vegetables and uses them in his dishes.