While this is my second time visiting Terrapin, it is my first review as my first visit was way before Indie Grub. Let’s just start with the ambience, the building is a restored church which makes its incredibly high ceilings quite impressive. So needless to say, there is certainly nothing lacking when it comes to the atmosphere. Our waitress was very pleasant, and attentive, always a good thing. I started with two items off the tapas menu, my only comment here is that it is more like an amuse bouche than it is a tapas portion. Yes, tapas normally equates to being small and bite size, but the single scallop with lemon curd, and the two goat cheese bundles, quite literally all could have made it into my mouth in one gluttonous bite. If you are more of a bang for your buck kind of person, go with the appetizers, which judging by the table beside us, are huge.
I was torn between the short ribs, which I’ve had, the pork chop, which I feared would be overcooked, and the filet with mushroom cream sauce. I opted for the filet, and I have to say I kind of wish I hadn’t. Not to say it wasn’t good, but I saw the pork chop upon exiting, and it was massive, and succulent. The filet came with an insanely flavorful mash, and well seasoned baby spinach. The sauce however, was not very creamy at all, and more like a mushroom jus. I sampled my husband’s blue cheese butter, which was very tasty. My only real complaint came in the form of a slightly over cooked filet. I am in every sense of the word, a fanatic, when it comes medium rare steak. The words “medium” will send my shoulders into a slight arch, while the words “medium well” propel them straight into the back of my head, and don’t even get me started on “well done”. So when I cut into my steak and came face to face with an internal temp leaning closer to medium, my heart sank a little. Having said that, it was still very much edible, and tender, but sadly missing the supple texture I Iove so much. However, where my steak was lacking, my delicious berry cake made up for. Good lord was that tasty, unfortunately my belly was at 90% capacity so I had to leave a quarter of it behind. The edges had an almost chewy texture, while the cake itself was very moist and almost cornbread like. My husband had the tapas portion molten cake and ice cream cookie sandwich, which were ironically way bigger than we expected, but also very good. The prices here are a little on the high side, but that’s what you get for dining in the trendy town of Rhinebeck. When all is said and done, this still remains to be a great place for a meal, and next time I visit, I plan to tackle that Vesuvius of a pork chop!
While this is my second time visiting Terrapin, it is my first review as my first visit was way before Indie Grub. Let’s just start with the ambience, the building is a restored church which makes its incredibly high ceilings quite impressive. So needless to say, there is certainly nothing lacking when it comes ..... READ REVIEW>>Comment