Red Bar Brasserie is one of the most distinguished restaurants in Southampton. For those restaurant-goers that seek out a memorable dining experience with exceptional staff, well-executed service with plated presentations that each deserve a medal, this is your place to dine. Simply put, if you had only one night out during your stay in the Hamptons, this is your place to eat. The location is ideally within walking distance to the boutiques and galleries on Southampton’s Main Street and Jobs Lane.
The dining space appeals to couples of all ages for a romantic candlelit dinner, groups of friends, family gatherings, and even intimate private parties (there is a room in the back meant just for that). During an early Thursday evening in July, the dining room quickly became full to capacity just as we were served our entrees. Most of the guests dining that evening were older couples, families, and a select group of friends at tables for four. I did not see any children under the age of fourteen in the dining room.
To start, my guest had a Cosmo with a Lemon Peel garnish, and I had a sunset cocktail with a splash of blood orange juice followed by a Sangria. My guest raved that it was the ‘best Cosmopolitan she had ever had.’ The drink was very smooth with a pinch of citrus and just the right amount of sweetness. The lemon twist garnish was a classy alternative to the typical lime garnish.
For dinner, we started with the 24 Month Prosciutto di Parma w/ Black Mission Figs, Baby Arugula, Tuscan Olive Oil & Saba ($18); and Vine Ripened Tomato & Burrata w/ Arugula, Crispy Pancetta, Balsamic Syrup & Basil Puree ($18). Both were exceptional. Fresh, soft burrata that paired well with a the semi-sweet balsamic syrup. Both dishes were beautifully plated.
We were presented with tasting portions of their Local Day Boat Scallops and their dinner special for the evening, Soft Shell Crab on a bed of roasted vegetables, both of which I highly recommend. I particularly like that neither dish was heavy on the sauce.
The entree that piqued my interest was the Crackling Pork Shank w/ Sauerkraut, Apples, Bacon & Homemade German Style Beer Mustard ($35). I confirmed this recommendation with our waiter, who did not hesitate to put forth his suggestion. My guest chose Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Truffled Parsnip Puree, Sautéed Local Greens ($36).
The short ribs were tender and succulent. My companion and I were so fond of each other’s dishes that we ended up sharing and tasting from each plate. My favorite was the Crackling Pork Shank. I can guarantee you have never had anything like this before. The meat slid of the bone and paired beautifully with the sauerkraut and mustard.
For dessert, we split Flourless Valrhona Chocolate Cake w/ Sour Cherries & Chantilly Cream ($12); and Classic Crème Brûlée ($11). Once again, another ‘best I ever had,’ a special node to the chocolate cake. A dense, chocolate lover’s dream. The crème brûlée was also a notable dessert. I would order it again in a heartbeat.
I featured their sister restaurant (also in Southampton), Little Red, almost two years ago as part of my “Best Bar Menus” for the autumn 2014 season.
Dinner is served seven nights a week from 5:30pm.
http://www.redbarbrasserie.com // 631-283-0704