Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Springs

Who here has heard of The Springs? I know I hadn't until recently, and I practically live across the street! The Springs is located on the first floor of the Hilton on Broadway, there's a good chance you walk or drive by it all the time and never knew it was there, it's certainly a hidden gem. But The Springs is more than just your average "hotel restaurant", it's got an adorable little outdoor seating area, a swanky bar, and an overall classy feel. The atmosphere at The Springs is perfect for a family dinner, special occasion, or happy hour...oh and room service if you're actually staying in the hotel.

As soon as we walked into the restaurant we were greeted by an extremely friendly staff. We had our choice of tables since on a Sunday night we were one of the only parties there (hey isn't Father's Day coming up? Bet you could get a table there, no problem!). We settled down near the window and began to look over the menu after ordering two Killer Bees - my new favorite summer drink with Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey and lemonade.

To start we ordered the Spicy Calamari off of the special's menu that came with marinara sauce and mae ploy sauce, a sweet and spicy chili sauce.

This was hands down one of the best calamari dishes I have ever had. It was spicy and flavorful with an Asian twist, perfect with the mae ploy sauce. It was the kind of spicy where you don't quite realize how much of a punch it packs (in the best way possible) until you stop eating and realize you desperately need a drink of water  or a piece of bread. The only downside was the calamari got a little soggy by the bottom, but that didn't stop me from practically licking the bowl clean. I hope this dish makes it onto their daily menu, it was way too good to just be a one time deal!

Next we got some bread and butter and a salad as part of the set price steak dinner my date ordered. This came with the bread and salad and then steak in a red wine sauce and parmesan fries...all for $19.50 which is a pretty amazing deal. 

The two butters that came with the bread were home made olive tapenade and a garlic and scallion butter. I think I liked the garlic and scallion butter the best, but it was close. It was little details like the butter that made our whole meal at The Springs so special, you can tell they really take pride in what they do. 

For my entree I wasn't sure what I wanted to order, everything looked so good. So I did what I always do in that situation: ask our waitress what her favorite is! She immediately said the mustard salmon, and I am always down for salmon. The mustard sauce was a little on the sweeter side and more like a glaze. Even though I normally prefer mustard sauces that are thick and grainy, it was still pretty great. 

Everything was cooked to perfection, the baby carrots and beans were so tender and delicious with the mustard sauce! The potatoes were crisp and well seasoned, incredibly satisfying. Another thing I noticed when I was choosing my meal - the menu has almost no vegetarian options except for a couple salads and a grilled vegetable sandwich. So fair warning to all you vegetarians out there - though I guess the fact that on it's logo The Springs says "steak * seafood * chicken" is warning enough...

When my date got his main dish, he was so excited. Look at that - how could you not be.

I would like to say for the record that he said that this was "one of the best steaks he's ever had"...strong words there! The red wine sauce was amazing, I stole more than a couple parmesan fries when he wasn't looking just to get at some of that sauce. And the best part of it all, there was still some leftover for lunch the next day. 

After finishing our meals we thought there was no way we had enough room for dessert. But that was before we heard what our options were! We ended up picking the warm apple crumble with toasted coconut ice cream and caramel sauce. It was as amazing as it sounds.

And it was as amazing as it looks. The toasted coconut ice cream was out of this world. It was a fairly rich dessert so it was perfect for sharing, a great way to end dinner on a sweet note. 

I would love to try The Springs for happy hour, or maybe bring my family there next time they're up to visit. If you're looking for a new restaurant to try, check it out and let me know what you think...though I'm pretty positive you'll have as great a meal as I did! 

PS - The Springs was nice enough to offer a 20% discount to Savoring Saratoga fans. Like me on Facebook to get your coupon!

1 comment:

  1. Very Nice Aliza! You are correct I've never heard of it but I will definitely check it out over the summer.