Located on Route 1 in Rehoboth, the Fork + Flask At Nage (formerly known as Nage) has been a popular restaurant destination for locals and visitors alike for twelve years now.
The recent renovations (less than a week old as of the writing of this article) have only enhanced the space. It’s roomier, lighter, and more open with a hip, contemporary vibe – especially at the bar area which has increased in size from the previous design.
Host Michael Sprouse and the C.C. crew were excited about checking out the fresh design and sampling some of the new menu items which they expected would fit in perfectly with the “healthy eats” focus for the month of May.
Sprouse joined owner Josh Grapski at a long dining table in the dining room which was the perfect size for the grand spread of appetizers and entrees that came out of the kitchen prepared by executive chef Sean Corea.
Josh is a friendly, down to earth guy who’s also definitely focused on bringing the best possible dining and drinking experience to the patrons.
Over great conversation and a very fun interview, he and Sprouse enjoyed a wide array of dishes from the Fork + Flask At Nage (starting – but only because of scheduling – lucky us) with a mouth-watering Crème Brûlée prepared on the spot by the award winning pastry chef Dru Tevis.
While the amazing Crème Brûlée may not have qualified as “healthy” per se, the other menu offerings that arrived at the table definitely fit the bill – plus they were equally as beautiful as they were delicious.
Dishes like the Charred Beet Salad (a citrus salad of bay water greens, grapefruit, and pistachio goat cheese) and the Vegetable Pad Thai (Thai chili with local vegetables, peanuts, fresh lime and cilantro) were outstanding and light yet pleasantly filling.
The seafood and meat items, ranging from an incredible Spring Lamb Tartare appetizer (one of Sprouse’s favorites) to the Butter Poached Halibut entrée (served with a crab stuffed squash blossom) were absolutely incredible, fresh-focused and very satisfying.
Other highlights from our visit included a Calamari Salad with cashews, chayote, hearts of palm, and – of all things – banana (trust us, it was amazing) and a Thai Lobster Roll that will knock your socks off (the combo of slightly spicy curry with the sweetness of the lobster was spectacular.)
Josh informed Michael that one of the main goals with the renovation and new menu was to make the atmosphere – in fact the entire experience – relaxed and approachable. It’s a place where you can easily meet friends at the bar (with a very hip, contemporary and engaging vibe) for a couple of drinks and then enjoy a fantastic dinner in the inviting dining room.
Or you can easily do either.
It was our experience that John and the friendly, professional staff of the Fork + Flask At Nage have succeeded beautifully in making it a destination spot where having a great time – at either the bar, dining room, or both – is always on the menu.