So evidently when you get married, sometimes people want to have dinner the night before.
Do you know how hard it is to find space for 15-20 people around here?
Or, as Albany John has said. Maybe it’s just me… I know our group isn’t a steak and potato type, and his mom, godloveher, actually suggested sushi for the family rehearsal dinner. And lord, I would so jump on that bandwagon, but all the sushi places I like are so tiny, we’d nearly take up the whole thing, and not terribly intimate.
Ok. I think it is me. Man, that boy is kind enough to marry my neurotic patootie.
Right. But Albany John suggested Plum Blossom in Troy, NY because we a) aren’t doing Chinese for the family meal, and b) it’s upscale looking and can kind of accommodate a large group.
So we did a wedding recon mission over the weekend. Didn’t have to wait all that long, but man were they ever busy with seated diners and people getting take out.
I was last there years ago, and they’ve changed the space up so it feels more open. There’s the sunken middle part of the restaurant, and then the upper edge around it for diners to eat at. The way they’ve set it up makes you feel cozy, and not like there are tons of diners around you. The décor isn’t terribly Chinese-y, it almost feels Asian shabby chic (lots of fresh flowers, woodsy décor, mirrors… look, I’m bad at décor descriptions.).
We got their menu, and ok. It was kind of small for a Chinese restaurant, and at first glance it looked like Americanized dishes, with high prices. I also noticed there weren’t many/any other Asian diners, and many of them had the beef and broccoli glop on a plate in front of them.
Oh. No. What was I in for?
Vegetable spring rolls. Eh. I didn’t eat them, but Albany John seemed to enjoy it.
Our mains came out a bit later. Again, clockwise from bottom left:
Fried shrimp. I forget what this was on the menu, but the description made me think “Hey, that sounds like salt and pepper shrimp!”. I asked our waitress if it was like that, and she said yes. I was again really impressed with this food – the shrimp were cooked perfectly, and they also tasted like they were grilled after they were fried. But, they were a little soggy. Still, not bad. Just seemed like the veggies on the plate + heat made them soggy.
Here’s a close up of the scallop – Albany John and his family were fans of the bacon wrapped shrimp. It was ok, but I usually can’t get down with that unless the bacon is fried to a crisp. Still, the scallop was succulent and tasty.