4th of July and the rain is pouring down. Our basements are flooded as well as the pond on the other side of 27. It is a good rainy day, hurricane Arthur never hit us with wind.No one is unhappy even though the cable boxes in every other room doesn’t work due to short circuit caused by the rain.
I only feel slightly bad for the ones having planned big outdoor parties.On the other hand – there are bigger problems in the world than having a party on a rainy day. And as a good party planner you always have a safe plan.
Soon there will be a wonderful sunsets again.Two favorite places to enjoy those out here in the Hamptons are Sunset Beach on Shelter Island and Surf Lodge in Montauk.
I recently had dinner at both. With adults, teenagers, kids and babies at Sunset Beach and at Surf Lodge a girl’s night out.
Service – The winner is Surf Lodge. At Sunset Beach you see more of “I just happen to be a waiter/waitress this summer” feeling and “my appearance is more important than you”
Food – You really don’t go for a “food experience” at any of them. But the French inspired Sunset beach is good for what it is. The octopus is perfectly grilled, the Crudité’s is served in a fun, different way. The lobster linguini taste nice even though the linguini is a bit over cooked, the panna cotta had gone sour. But as a whole, a good experience. The menu is kept kind of small. (For me that is a good sign)
At Surf Lodge you find regular seafood as well as Asian influenced food. You can have a fabulous seafood platter to enjoy on the deck looking out over the water. Half a lobster, lobster rolls, spicy edamames , tuna sashimi and a herloim/mozzarella salad, all good. The main courses was a slight disappointment, or more, they were just a bit bland. But again it isn’t about the food.
At Sunset Beach you can really spend a whole day, be on the beach, play table tennis, sit by the fire pit, buy expensive beach dressed in the cute shop and imagine you are in St Tropez. Even the trip there is worth it.To take the little car ferry from North Haven and drive across this lush Island will give you a completely different Hampton experience.
At Surf Lodge, in Montauk, there are all kinds of people in all different ages. Live music, friendly and fun. Later in the evening there is a younger crowd and with it a younger feeling, as well as long lines. If you want to be able to have a conversation while you’re having dinner, go there at 5.30/6 ish and leave right after the sun sets.
Best Sunset? – Sunset Beach
Tonight, to have as an appetizer in my kitchen, I am doing a “Skagen Röra”. The classic Swedish combination of shrimps, mayo and dill. Created by the famous Swedish restaurateur Tore Wretman and named after a fishing port on the northern tip of Denmark, Skagen. Usually this “röra” is served on a butter fried toast with white fish roe on top. I just do the “röra” and put in a bowl right on the table and another bowl with crisp bread broken into edible size and let guests or family help themselves. Kind of addictive and anyone saying I don’t like Swedish food have not tried this one.
¾ pound of peeled shrimps (310 g), cut in pieces , 4 tbsp. of mayo, ½ tbsp. of Dijon mustard, a small red onion finely chopped (can be excluded) 1handful of chopped dill and juice from ½ lemon. Salt and black pepper.