My family and I are no strangers to dining out at The Living Room Restaurant at c/o The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton. We come here not only because it is both child-friendly and dog friendly (we don’t have dogs at the moment yet we love to sit and ‘dine’ with them), but for the consistent, slow food, Scandinavian cuisine and hardworking, reliable staff members that perform to the highest of standards. During our dinner last week on a Tuesday evening, we never once had to ask for more water, bread, drinks, or to see a wine list. Our waiter was efficient and courteous as was the front desk staff.
Upon arrival, we chose to sit in the open lounge in the front of the hotel that offers beautiful views East Hampton’s historic district. Sarah was thrilled that she could play with the toys and books provided for children who stay and dine. She was occupied for over thirty minutes, or until our entrees arrived. Then Sarah came to sit and eat with us.
To start, I had their specialty cocktail, the Cucumber Ginger Martini: crop organic cucumber vodka, ginger mint syrup, splash of grapefruit juice ($17). Smooth, and refreshing made with fresh grapefruit juice.
To start, we enjoyed their freshly baked bread served with soft, gently sweetened soft, warm butter. Chef Armone then complimented us with a round, soft flat bread topped with figs, spinach, and a light olive oil drizzle. I then had the Local Corn Soup: radish, chive, feta ($12). This was such a wonderful way to start the evening. The soup was comforting on that chilly late summer evening. Served at the perfect temperature, I would order this during every visit to The Living Room.
For dinner, my husband ordered the Grilled Flat Iron Steak: artisan greens, white anchovy, roasted garlic, pecorino ($34); and I had the Köttbullar (Swedish Meatball): potato puree, lingonberry jam, pickled cucumber ($32). The herbed butter sauce was particularly tasty with the steak. The steak was seared perfectly and juicy on the inside. The steak was done in such a way that it absorbed the herb butter and locked in the juices, creating a truly mouthwatering experience. Our daughter was very fond of the Swedish meatballs. She loved them as did I. It is always my go-to dish when I come here for dinner.
Dinner is served seven nights a week beginning at 5:30pm. Come in for their Prix Fixe dinner Sunday-Thursday at 5:30-7pm for $35/pp.
http://www.themaidstone.com/restaurant // 631-324-5006