Cul de Sac Cuisine. Making the most of local, fresh and best the suburbs have to offer. Just a little healthy eating, but always instructional and inviting. The suburban Cul de Sac is where it's at, and my back yard is the place to be!
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The CELLAR - Fine Dining in Red Hook!
Friday night, Jackie and I went out to eat... What an unexpected gem!
The Cellar restaurant in Red Hook is fine dining at it's finest. The look, decor and menu would be right at home in any big city. It was a little refreshing to dine out without Jimmy Buffet and Bob Marley dominating the juke box.
We started with an amuse bouche (free food)... just a little something, a hint of things to come... This is a short rib risotto. The menu offers a new chef's preparation risotto that changes daily.
I am a sucker for a cheese tray. Sadly, I do not recall the cheeses, but there was an excellent goat cheese, as well as two other soft cheeses that stood out. The fabulous presentation included some fresh made crackers, fruit and nuts. This was a real bargain at only $15. Cheese, well, quality cheeses can get very expensive on the island.
My main course was a grilled mahi over a potato purree. From this angle, you can't see the relish inside the pepper, but the entire presentation was wonderful.
Jackie had a beef Wellington over sautéed spinach. Caramelized onions and a peppercorn cream sauce. After we each finished half, we exchanged plates. Each meal was special, tasty and most unexpected!
Like I said, after a couple months of cheeseburgers in paradise and local faire, this restaurant caters to locals who care about what they eat. It was a spectacular evening. If you are only visiting for the day, it may not meet your expectations for island dining. But, if you want something special, I could not recommend the Cellar more.
All the details are there... including the wine bottle bathroom faucet (got to get me one of these!).