Editor’s note: this restaurant is now called Claude’s.
Café Klyde, Southampton Inn’s new in-house restaurant that opened in May of this year, has already solidified itself as being a reliable, family-friendly restaurant that stays open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Classic breakfast with daily specials. The restaurant’s chic, casual décor creates a relaxing, non-pretentious atmosphere where guests can enjoy a true Hamptons dining experience with style and ease. Indoor and outdoor dining is available.
During our visit, my husband and I preferred the outdoor dining as the space is very peaceful, the tables are generously spaced apart, and the cheerful, bright lemon and lime tables, chairs and place-mats set the mood for a fun but calm evening. In addition to a fabulous dining experience, Café Klyde also offers catering to serve all kinds of corporate functions, retreats, cocktail parties, luncheons, rehearsal dinners, weddings and more! The catering service pulls from the classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus.
To drink, I had a Klyde’s Cooler, The Sangree-er: Red wine, rosé, triple sec over house made tropical fruit sorbet ($12). My husband had a draft Peroni. I am still raving about my tropical beverage: so cooling, refreshing, I could just sip this for hours. A touch of sorbet floats at the top so you get a little zing of the fruit. The rest of the scoop floats at the bottom, making for a sweet upgrade for the finish.
We started with their Summer Salad: local leaves, strawberries, feta, shaved whole wheat ($14); and the Locally Caught Bass Crudo: Charred leek, grapefruit, shallot, jalapeno, and yogurt ($14); and the Braised Spring Lamb Meatballs: golden raisins, yogurt, mint, and grilled bread ($14). Everything was superb; my favorite were the lamb meatballs with the golden raisins and a touch of mint that reminded me a bit of Morocco and parts of the Mediterranean. Locally Caught Grilled Bass: couscous, olives, roasted tomato, black kale, and lemon ($26); Homemade Asparagus Raviolo: ricotta, petit pois, lemon, and chili threads ($18); Grilled Summer Eggplant: curried bean puree, spicy crispy chickpeas, smoked onion-coconut broth ($18). The Summer Eggplant was very unique, a very light and flavorful summer dish. The spice from the chili threads in the homemade raviolo dish gave each bite that touch of heat that was not overpowering. The grilled bass was flaky and tender; again a little essence of Mediterranean influence.
Next, we tasted The Clyde Burger: a blend of Prime beef cuts, NY sharp cheddar, double smoked bacon, special sauce, lettuce, tomato, and house pickles ($18) that can be found on their lunch menu. A generous portion, the bacon was thick-cut; can be split between two people along with an appetizer of choice. Notable lunch menu items include: Chopped Curry Chicken Salad: over local greens, NY state apples, raisins, ginger lime dressing ($10); French Onion Grilled Cheese: caramelized onions, Gruyère, Swiss, homemade rustic bread ($10); and The Hill Street Club: fresh roasted turkey, double smoked bacon, green leaf lettuce, garden tomato, mayo, house baked maple bread ($14).
For dessert, we tried Local Honey-Almond Milk Pana Cotta with smoked almonds and blueberries; and their Strawberry & Cream Trifle with fresh berries, cream, and vanilla cake paired with cappuccinos for the both of us. Fresh fruit, lightly sweet, an ideal summer dessert. The sugar glass was a pleasant compliment to the trifle. My only suggestion is that the cake be a bit more moist. The Pana Cotta is a must try. I rarely order Pana Cotta when it is presented to me, but this dessert is worth the praise.
To top off my and my husband’s experience, the service was courteous and prompt. We were never left waiting for water, extra plates, or our courses; we had an outstanding experience. I look forward to visiting next for breakfast (again)! Café Klyde also serves breakfast! The menu is diverse and includes Brioche Bread French Toast stuffed with bananas ($12), Eggs Benedict ($15), and a Smoked Salmon Platter ($16).
Breakfast is served daily from 7-11 am, Lunch is daily from from 12-4 pm, and dinner everyday from 5 pm.
http://www.southamptoninn.com/dining // 631-283-6500