“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I’ve been to Wheatfields (440 Broadway, Saratoga) once before and really enjoyed the pasta since almost all of it is made in-house. So (as a lot of my blog entries start) when I saw a Groupon for it, I jumped on the opportunity to buy it with a deal. It’s back to Spring semester time for colleges so it felt like the perfect place to have dinner before my cousin goes back to school. They have a special each night of the week but we lucked out with going on a Thursday because we were able to take advantage of Three Course Thursday. For Three Course Thursday you have two options for an appetizer, three choices for a main course and chocolate mousse for dessert all for the affordable price of $19. On top of that, we showed up around 6:30PM with a half hour left of buy one get one free drinks at the bar for Happy Hour.
To start, we ordered drinks at the bar and I had to try the chocolate covered candy cane which was made with Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps and Godiva Chocolate Liquor served in a martini glass and garnished with a candy cane. It was delicious and even better because I got one for free! I’m not well-versed in how to describe drinks but it was more minty than chocolately and though it wasn’t too strong, you could definitely taste the alcohol.
Our options for the appetizers were a wedge salad with sundried tomato vinaigrette and basil or mini calamari with sweet and sour and Sriracha. Before I had it for the first time, I always thought Sriracha was Hispanic because that’s what the name sounded like but surprisingly it’s Thai. It’s a mix of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt that miss together to add a bit of spice to whatever you add it to.
I decided on the calamari because aside from the fact that I love seafood, I really enjoyed the thought of having my very own serving of it and not have to worry about sharing it as well as the condiments with the table. Usually calamari is served with a marinara sauce but the sweet and sour paired with the spicy Sriracha, that wasn’t needed. It was delicious and a perfect amount for one person.
For dinner our options were Shrimp Romesco with a Parmesan and spinach risotto, Salmon Genovese with creamy polenta and grilled asparagus or a chicken saltimbocca with a handcrafted linguine pomodoro and green beans.
I decided on the Salmon Genovese. I like my Salmon pretty plain, just add a little butter and a little lemon and I enjoy the natural flavors but all the genovese is really just a mix of olive oil, basil, garlic and sometimes pine nuts so it didn’t take away from that Salmon flavor. What really drew me to this choice was the polenta. I don’t really cook much with polenta though I enjoy it. Polenta is just ground up cornmeal that doesn’t have much of a flavor of its own but gave a great texture when mixed with the genovese. I’m not a huge fan of asparagus so I instead asked for green beans and though I enjoyed them, there wasn’t much of a flavor to them on their own.
For dessert was the chocolate mousse. It was whipped to perfection. It was like I was just eating a bowl of chocolate whipped cream, the consistency was heavenly. I can’t wait to go back and try something from the regular menu. Also next time I may have to figure out what is in their butter because I could eat a whole container of it with bread. What’s your favorite Wheatfield’s meal? What should I try the next time I go?