Roasted Peppers, a new restaurant in Mamaroneck Village bills itself as "Casual American Dining". What that name doesn't tell you is that the talented chefs recreate typical American fare, and we're talking the whole of America– including Latin and South America– with surprising flair.
Just six weeks new, Brothers Juan and Roberto Lepe had been executive chefs in New York for over 20 years. According to their website their roots are in Jalisco, Mexico. This is their first restaurant on their own, along with general manager, Ruben Ochos. If our experience is any indication, the restaurant will be a huge success.
Our meal started with guacamole, prepared to order at the table and served with tortilla chips and curlicues of thin plantain strips, perfectly crispy. We ordered the turkey burger with sun dried tomato pesto and pepper jack cheese. It came with sweet potato fries, lightly dredged in flour, creating a crunchy coat that yielded to the creamy potato interior. Day boat scallops from Nantucket, pan seared in a tart cherry balsamic glaze. This was served with roasted onion risotto dotted with sweet little squares of butternut squash. And last, the day's special, a risotto with perfectly cooked shellfish and chorizo. The rice was infused with a delicious sofrito, very flavorful.
When we first walked in, I thought this may be a chain restaurant, it had that look. But the space is saved by a large brick wall and some colorful vases, which brought to mind an upper West side neighborhood place. While the decor looks like it was done on the cheap, the talent, skill and experience of the chefs is evident in every dish. Next time I'm going to try the upscale take on Mac and Cheese: butter-poached lobster meat with orecchiette pasta, shiitake mushrooms, truffle cream and cheddar gratin. Diet be damned!
320 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Phone: 914-341-1140
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