We had tried to have dinner at Sweet Life Cafe many times, but were never able to get a table because it is so popular. Last night, a Sunday night and Father's Day, we finally got a table and it was also Restaurant Week on Martha's Vineyard, so they had a special $45 three-course menu, as well.
The restaurant is very charming, set in French Second Empire style house on Circuit Avenue at the end of the strip. We arrived a half hour early but were cheerfully accommodated. Fortunately, we had the private dining room (the one where President and Mrs. Obama dine whenever they eat here) all to ourselves. We were offered an outdoor table but the inside was far more elegant, simple and beautiful, with stark walls and chandeliers (and a little too loud music; personally I would have preferred some light orchestral music to the rock-y/folks-y music that was playing).
Our waiter, Ari, was charming and efficient. We opted to dine off the a la carte menu since neither of us eat dessert, so we thought the portion size might be larger on the a la carte menu and we were hungry. He had great knowledge of the menu and preparation, which really helped us make our selections.
The first offered us an amouse bouche of Gruyere Cheese ball deep fried and savory. Then I had the North Tabor Farm Greens, which were so fresh, it tasted like sunshine. The salad was served with cukes, grapes, pickled onion, kalamata olives, feta, crispy chick peas and lemon-thyme vin. It was fabulous ... perfectly dressed and seemingly endless. My spouse had the hand-rolled Garganelli pasta in a pea puree served with snap peas, bread crumbs, parsley and botarga which was magnificent! Then, for the entree, I had the Beef Tenderloin served with smoky potato and three delightful onion rings. My spouse had the Pan-Seared Halibut with grilled corn risotto, salsa verde and tomato conserva. This, too, was absolutel perfection.
Ari, continually stopped back to check on us and was affable and a lot of fun.The young woman who was the hostess was lovely, cheery and she also stopped back to check on us, see we had water and everything else we needed.
After practically sopping up our plates, we decided we were sated and asked for a cup of coffee. Ari insisted on brewing a fresh cup and I am so glad he did. The coffee was one of the richest, smoothes cups I have ever had.
Only because it was a Sunday night could we ever have enjoyed our dinner in such serenity without a single soul in sight or earshot.
We absolutely loved our dinner and are only sorry we waited so long to try Sweet Life Cafe. We will be back!
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