This year, Campton Place was at the top of our DAT list based on our great meal during last year's DAT. Although Daniel Humm has left, the waiter said that he is still overseeing the menu. It's a beautifully understated restaurant to dine in; beige and taupe walls, a sculptural red flower arrangement in the middle of the room, and tables that are far enough apart that you can enjoy the luxury of space.
Four of us were served an amuse bouche of tiny oxtails. The taste wasn't as memorable as the plate: a white oval bowl with a tiny indentation in the center for the oxtail. This is why Campton Place scores as the perfect ladies lunch spot; each plate is tailored to its ingredient, and the overall feeling is one of luxurious pampering throughout the meal.
Next up was the appetizer: we all selected the butternut squash soup with toasted almonds and goat cheese. Beautiful presentation, although the soup was a technicolor yellow. We split evenly on the main course: two of us had the striped bass with warm chicory potato salad and white anchovy vinagrette, with the other two opting for the glazed chicken with ragout of wild mushrooms, brussel sprouts, bacon and pearl onions. They proclaimed it the best chicken they'd had in a restaurant, and I think they made the wiser choice. The sea bass was ok, but not memorable.
The third couse was a choice of chocolate hazelnut mille feuille or the cheese plate. We again split down the middle, and both desserts were winners. The chocolate was a layered cake, while the cheese plate included three generous portions of cheese surrounded by figs and candied pecans.
One of us had the $22 Wine About Town, which was 2 whites and a dessert wine, while 3 of us shared a bottle of the Merry Edwards Pinot Noir at $52. It was a wonderful lunch, with much attentive service. We ended up spending $60 each, reminding me that the DAT is often a good excuse to have a wonderfully decadent two hour lunch. We'll be signing up next year as well.