Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House

Jean-Georges Topping Rose

We visited the restaurant at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton on Sunday for Long Island Restaurant Week. Long Island Restaurant Week spans for eight days, Sunday to Sunday, and offers a $27.95 prix fixe menu at dozens of restaurants across Long Island. It gives customers an affordable opportunity to try the cuisine at several restaurants of their choosing. During this week, I try to visit restaurants I have never dined at before in the hopes of finding a new place to come dine at on a regular basis. We were very pleased with our experience at Topping Rose House. We have dined here for brunch and have attended events in the past, but this was our first visit for dinner. The charm and elegance of the restaurant and the hotel assimilate well within the Hamptons. The white, stately mansion with a classic, beach scene decor with a splash of unobstrusive modernism. Our daughter loved the cinemagraph of the snow owl as we entered the hotel lobby.

The manager and waitstaff were very accommodating with Sarah in her stroller as she was just waking up from her nap. We appreciated that. We were the first ones to arrive at just after 5:15p.m., and we were seated instantly. It was instantly apparent how popular the restaurant was after we had been seated for under five minutes. A wave of dinner guests came in soon after, with a full house by 6:30 p.m. We started our meal with a Grape Royale: Local Concorde Grapes, Champagne ($16) and my husband had the Montauk Driftwood Ale ($7). The Grape Royale was lovely. Not to sweet, bubbly, and very refreshing. It is very rare that I ever have a second cocktail, and that was one I had a hard time resisting. I will be back very soon for my second glass!

To start on the restaurant week menu, my husband had the Kale Salad: parmesan, lemon; and I chose the Crispy Salmon Sushi: Chipotle Mayonnaise, Soy-Honey Sauce. Our entrée choices were Linguine with Clams (my husband’s favorite dish): White Wine, Chilies, Parsley; and I had the Roasted Hake with Maple Celeriac Purée. Hake is a mild white, medium flake that is slightly firm, and sweet. With my dinner I had one of their house-made sodas, the Passion-Chili ($6), which was an affectionate blend of sweet and spicy. The Sushi was very memorable; an excellent, light choice. Everything was cooked perfectly and the portions were just right. The waitstaff was very accommodating throughout our stay, and gave spot-on recommendations for each course.

For dessert, I had the Salted Caramel Sundae: Candied Peanuts and Popcorn, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce. My husband desired the Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. Sarah had a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The third choice for dessert, the Almond Cake, was a favorite among our neighboring tables. With dessert, I had their House-Made Hot Chocolate that was so velvety and chocolatey ($9). We were also served a pair of miniature chocolate petit fours. They also have a selection of organic teas, dessert wines, and coffee. A dessert that piqued my interest was their Spiced Pumpkin Brûlée with Pomegranate Sorbet ($13), not one the restaurant menu but I bet it would be worth coming in for paired with a dessert wine or espresso.

The next (Winter) Long Island Restaurant Week is January 22-29, 2017. I am already looking forward to it!

Topping Rose House is open seven days a week for dinner beginning at 5:30pm. Breakfast is served daily from 7-10:30a.m. Lunch is served Monday- Friday: 12-3:00p.m., and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30a.m.-3p.m.

http://www.toppingrosehouse.com/restaurant // 631-537-0870

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