Where to eat in the Berkshires/Western Massachusetts


Vietnamese food so nice we had to go twice in two weeks. Like moths to a light we had to go back for a relaxing tasty experience in the large house-like building with nice surrounding, well-kept grounds with the babbling brook nearby, shops and galleries with all kinds of south East asian crafts and gifts. We had the Pinot Blanc by the bottle for $25 a nice bargain with the flavor of a delicious pear and slightly tart a smooth end of summer sweet white that will make your mouth tingle and wash down the incredible appetizers. The triangle shaped Truc's Special Shrimp roll and the minty summer rolls are among the best we've ever had and the real reason why Anne dragged me back the 2nd time.

The second week we had the watercress salad bursting with the fresh water it grows in with a nice assortment of onions, tomatoes and carrots topped with a light house vinegar based dressing. We also tried the chicken on a stick appetizer and that was grilled crispy and juicy and plentiful enough to be a main course if you want it to be.

Truc Orient Express
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Truc Orient Express
3 Harris St
West Stockbridge, MA. 01266

On to the entrees. The first week Anne had the grilled very lean pork chops on top of the cutest rectangles of rice noodle that was just superbly done and a great choice. I had the Shaken Beef which was tasty and juicy on top of watercress. The next week I had the duck equally special equally prepared with the delicate touch that is Truc's trademark.

The place is very tasfefully decorated and relaxing. There are a lot of unused areas to roam in and a large bar that's filled with very interesting Vietnamese paintings. A first rate dining experience in the Berkshires. Oh and do not forget to order the lemon mouse it is by far the best desert you will ever have. It's a palate cleanser and sweet tooth satisfier all in one. An amazing dessert that is fresh, homemade and as unique as the environment it comes from.

Anne's necklace made by Liza Abelson of Dasken Designs

Music by Gladden Fields