This was our first visit to the Bell & Anchor in just off of Noyac Road in Sag Harbor. Upon walking in, I was very impressed with the slightly rustic meets contemporary nautical interior. My husband and I were seated next to the back windows, with a perfect view of the sunset. There were a number of boats in storage at the marina, but I bet once those boats set sail into the waters, the view from the restaurant is like no other; like a hidden oasis.
We were eager to try their Hamptons Restaurant Week menu, which I will admit was our push out of the house to get us to try some new restaurants in the Hamptons. It is about time that spring arrived and what better way than a romantic, early Sunday dinner to celebrate the approaching of the warmer weather.
Soon after we arrived, the restaurant was beginning to fill up rather quickly. Upon receiving the menus, we looked them over to see which dishes were offered on the prix fixe menu, which is three courses, an appetizer, entree, and dessert, for $27.95 per person. Though there were a number of dishes that included an additional charge (+3 all the way up to +20 for surf and turf), we were able to stick to choices that did not fluctuate the price of the prix fixe, except my husband’s dessert, which I will explain.
For our appetizers, I ordered the Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Local Gala Apples with celery, buttermilk dill dressing, and crispy pancetta chips, and my husband decided upon their Classic Caesar Salad with hearts of romaine, anchovy, Parmesan, garlic and crostini. My salad had an excellent variety of flavors, a distinctive crunch in each bite, and was a very light and smart choice to start off my dining experience. The pancetta chip was just a tad too salty for my taste. My husband said his Caesar salad was excellent and incorporated whole leaves of romaine lettuce, and it had a slight taste of the anchovy in the dressing, which complemented it well.
Our dinner choices were their Grilled Scottish Salmon with haricot vert, red quinoa, orange and fennel for myself, and the Roasted Natural Chicken Breast with sauteed broccoli rabe, Yukon mashed gold potatoes and lemon-thyme jus for my husband. The salmon, served on a bed of quinoa, was perfect, cooked to my desired request of medium-rare, and the red quinoa had a delicately sweet and tangy flavor with an essence of the orange. My husband loved his dish, the broccoli rabe was a smart pairing for this dish and the rabe was prepared perfectly well, it was not overdone. The mashed gold potatoes were creamy and savory.
For dessert, I decided upon the Maple Crème Brûlée, and my husband had the Blood Orange Sorbet for an additional $2. An additional $2 is not too bad at all when the quality of the food is so exceptional overall. We loved that the desserts were not too sweet in any way. I always love tasting the medley of crunchy and creamy textures in crème brûlée. The sorbet was very refreshing and it was a lovely way to cleanse the palate at the end of our meal (we split our desserts between the two of us). The Bell & Anchor was very strong on their desserts and I recommend not skipping out on them.
There were a few children seated in select tables across from us, but even though I would say the restaurant is fairly family friendly, it is a restaurant primarily for adults.
The restaurant is open year-round, serving dinner Wednesday thru Sunday beginning at 5:30pm. The Bell & Anchor is under the same ownership as Fresno in East Hampton, The Beacon in Sag Harbor, and Red Bar and Little Red, both in Southampton. For more information on The Bell & Anchor, please visit http://www.bellandanchor.com