With service and staff that runs like a well-oiled machine, and an ever-changing gourmet menu to honor each season out on the East End, this is a restaurant where everyone will have an exceptional dining experience. We visited The 1770 House in East Hampton two nights ago for dinner as part of Hamptons Restaurant Week. I really liked that each dish on their Restaurant Week menu was inclusive within the price range, except for the Maine Diver Sea Scallops for a $10 supplemental charge.
We were greeted very warmly by the hostess upon arrival and promptly seated at a corner table close to the front window. I found the dining atmosphere very tranquil and refined with its dim lights and the petite lit candle and flower arrangement at the center of our table.
Our freshly baked bread and olive oil arrived just moments after we received our drinks. The bread was the perfect temperature with a perfect balance of crunchy and soft textures. For our appetizers, we chose the Mixed Greens salad with tiny tomatoes, and a sherry vinaigrette, and their Halsey Farms Jonah Gold Apple & Celery Root Salad with endive, bacon, and lemon-grain mustard remoulade. The medley of textures on the apple and celery root salad are so distinct. The salad is refreshing and the bacon adds a slightly salty and smokey taste, and the tangy, ripe apple slices are what cinches all the flavors together.
For our second courses, we ordered the Scottish Salmon a la Plancha with spiced parsnips, French beans with toasted garlic, and the Pan Roasted Natural Chicken with butternut squash, spinach and sage jus. My salmon was cooked at the perfect temperature, medium-rare as requested, and I loved the incorporation of the toasted garlic, which complimented this dish perfectly. My husband loved his chicken; the butternut squash was creamy and flavorful and the chicken was moist and juicy.
For dessert, we enjoyed their ever popular Sticky Date Cake with warm toffee sauce and vanilla gelato; the Dark Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Terrine with a scoop of raspberry sorbet, roasted pineapple and vanilla; and the Cinnamon Crème Brûlée with local Riesling poached apple & cider doughnut. The Sticky Date Cake instantly took me back to my days living in the Bloomsbury district in London. Every bite is a paradise oozing sticky caramel with notes of dates and the sweet, moist cake. The crème brûlée was stunning and so delicious; you can smell the notes of maple as you take each bite. The cider donut was one of the best I have ever had. The terrine was like a work of art. Masterfully presented with a texture similar to that of chocolate mousse, a winning way to end the meal.
I suggest ordering a cappuccino or hot tea with steamed milk and a crystallized sugar stick as a compliment to your dessert, which is a perfect pairing and ending to any meal at The 1770 House. We were so full after indulging in the three desserts; it would have been nearly impossible to take another sip (or bite).
The 1770 House is currently at its capacity for reservations on Saturday night for Hamptons Restaurant Week; however, do try to come in for dinner either tonight or Sunday night to experience the same elegant dining experience we had. For more information, please visit http://www.1770house.com, and read my winter tour of The 1770 House here.