My husband is a chef (we own a restaurant in the neighboring town) and when he's not working, he loves to be pampered and well fed- needless to say L'etoile is our go-to spot whenever we have a rare night off.
The staff is friendly and attentive, great selection of wines, interesting fun cocktails, and the food.... well... where do I start? I think we've had just about everything on the menu and it's all completely amazing- so I'll mention some highlights:
They do oysters 2 ways- one is chilled with an incredible mignonette. The other is bathed in a warm rose Champagne burre blanc and is absolutely to die for... we get at least a dozen each visit- I've never had anything so incredible.
Their Scallop Ceviche is a gorgeous presentation of thinly sliced sea scallops with light citrus, radish slivers, and these incredible pink grapefruit pearls. another thing we always get. Braised Short Ribs Tony Meyer's style are melt in your mouth amazing, and the Coconut oil poached Halibut is everything I love about Halibut plus everything I love about cooking with coconut oil- just the faintest suggestion of coconut in each bite. It's served on Flavorful but not overwhelming carrot-ginger risotto- delightful summer entree. The Long Island Duck is also amazing- with black truffle, foie gras, and fresh pistachio ravioli- it's impossible not to love.
The desserts at L'etoile are also our of this world- my recent favorite is the Bruleed Apricot on Angel food cake- holy yum!
The atmosphere here is hard to beat- the indoor dining room is comfortable and tastefully decorated, and the outdoor dining area is wonderful on a pleasant night- lots of greenery and lights that twinkle making you feel like you're under the stars.
I guess I ought to add a little disclaimer that I count a few of their staff as friends- but no one asked me to write this review, and I honestly wouldn't waste my time (or my husband's, which is far more precious when our own restaurant is open) dining somewhere that I wasn't 100% sure we'd have a great time and outstanding food.
I give L'etoile my highest recommendation and I can't wait to go back!
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