We finally tried 18 Bay on Saturday night. It was definitely more interesting than the typical L.I. restaurant.
The dining room is very small, only 16 seats due to town regulations. They're looking to get permission for more by summer.
I tried the Fried Calimari appetizer. It was prepared in the traditional way except that it also had fried red and green chile peppers and was served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. I actually prefer my calimari with anything but marinara sauce so this worked out well and the peppers were a nice surprise.
My entree was a lamb sirloin that arrived sliced over leeks and blue potatoes with braised endive. Everything was cooked perfectly.
My boyfriend tried the Cardoon salad which was a mix of marinated cardoons, blood orange sections, grilled radicchio and a blood orange viniagrette. I tried it and thought it was very good. Particularly since I've never had cardoons and I'm not a very big fan of celery. He also had the stuffed veal entree which came with risotto. I didn't try it but he seemed to think it was good. I think his selections may have been specials that evening.
For dessert we shared a poached Quince. It was served with vanilla ice cream and candied nuts. I've never had Quince other than Quince paste with a cheese plate. I thought I would be into it because I'm a big pair fan but I wasn't crazy about it. I think it was the texture that bothered me. I also found the ice cream a bit grainy. My boyfriend actually loves Quince and thought it was very good.
Overall I'd recommend 18 Bay. It's a nice change from all the chains that are sprouting up all over the island.
One note regarding portion size-I found the portions to be fairly large. Typical of the island where people tend to want quantity over quality. The calimari app could easily be shared by two people. Especially if you start off by eating the bread they give you, which comes with a butter with chopped green olives and some herbs blended in. I took home some of my entree which was still good the next day.
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