I had been wanting to go to this tiny place in Montgomery that I had heard serves the most incredible food for years. It was one of those places that I had never made it to for lack of a proper occasion. It’s kind of off the beaten path and very intimate.
There were only two basic things I knew about this restaurant prior to going: it is in a converted garage and the owners are married CIA grads. From those two facts, I was completely sold on the concept as my imagination took over… I figured that there must be some incredibly romantic story behind this place. It must have been created by a leap of faith and imagination; a realized dream for two lovebirds who wanted to share their passion for flavors by taking a handful of guests on a gastronomic journey right in their own backyard. Oh how I love a good story about life, love, and following your dreams wherever they lead you. This theory may or may not be factual, but since food always tastes better when it is prepared with passion, I am going to stick with it.
I knew it would be good. I didn’t realize how good.
I was a terrible blogger that night and only took the sad photo above, but since every dish was gorgeous, I had to steal these from their site as proof:
The amuse bouche awakened our palates for what was to follow by blasting our senses with an unusual combination of nut and citrus. I started my meal with their Apple Cider Heirloom Squash Sous Vide “Tartare” with Frozen Pomegranate Cream and Yogurt Dressing. The squash was perfectly prepared. The presentation was exquisite and the unique flavor combinations were remarkable. The Pheasant and Lobster Soup with Shitake Mushroom was gulped up by my date with a satisfied smile on his face. For our meals, we chose the Cilantro Grilled Tuna with Chayote with a Cactus & Red Onion Salad, Red Chile Tamale Fries and Mole Verde and Sauce LaBelle Farm Grilled Duck Breast and Braised Duck with Pickled Seckel Pears and Sweet Potato Tater Tots. Because every plate was stunningly presented, for the duck the “pretty” cuts were on top, while the tasty little bits and scraps were hidden beneath and were like finding a buried treasure according to my date. Every bite got better and better, with the finale being my favorite part of any meal. The dessert menu is aptly named “temptations,” but I beg you not to practice will power when visiting the Back Yard Bistro. Be tempted. We had the Creme Brulee Layered with Chocolate Mocha Ganache and the Roasted Pine Nut Tart with Pumpkin Ice Cream and Rosemary Cream. I had never experienced anything remotely close to rosemary cream, nor had I thought I would have wanted to, but it was the absolute prefect compliment to the buttery, sweet roasted pine nut tart and seasonal pumpkin ice cream.
The menu at Back Yard Bistro changes monthly. The October menu is riddled with familiar fall flavors done in surprising and unique parings. You order, eat, and you’ll want to re-read what the heck that amazing taste was that you just experienced.
Back Yard Bistro is located on 17K in The Town of Montgomery. Make a reservation for this 16-seat restaurant, 845-457-9901. Lunch and dinner are served Tuesday through Friday, dinner only on Saturday. Amex or Cash only.