Dinner on our first night came recommended by the guy that runs the motel we stayed at. Red |Bar Brasserie may not look like much from the outside, but when you look at the main dining room you're reminded of your whereabouts. A wrap-around of windows, wooden floorboards, bentwood chairs and pressed white tablecloths. It's oh-so Hamptons, darling.
We were about to be seated inside but the voice decibels were so high that we asked to have a table outside. Much nicer to be seated in what's effectively the carpark than have to scream to the person next to me.
Dining at 6-6.45pm Sunday to Thursday offers a great value prix fixe menu - Two courses $29 or Three for $34. A bit of a bargain, even if it is an early time slot. A very simple salad of arugula, grapes, marcona almonds and shaved Manchego. For an additional $4 I went with a tuna tartar, served over slices of cucumber with crispy wonton wrappers. The Asian flavours continued with wasabi, ginger and shallots mixed in with the tuna.
Jumbo shrimp are next, standing on their necks in a shallow pool of horseradish beurre blanc. A moulded mound of red flannel hash and wilted spinach added the vegetable component, altogether a relatively light and enjoyable dish.
The crispy branzino was another good choice. Served up with a mash of artichoke and potato, some roasted beets and shaved fennel.
Our first Hamptons dinner ended with a couple of traditional-type desserts. A delicious pear & blackberry financier tart and retro baked Alaska with fruit and rum. A decent round-up for a great value meal.
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