I got stood up by my bridge partner so last night turned into an impromptu dinner at Summer Winter. It is a new restaurant by the team behind the highly acclaimed Arrows restaurant in
R and I hit the restaurant at 8:30pm, with two of his co-workers, one who is here for the week from
I got the grilled tuna. It was cooked perfectly, but a bit under seasoned. I think the East Coast Grill tuna will always be my gold standard to which nothing compares. I got a enormous baked potato that came loaded with pancetta, sour cream and chives, and I chose the “numb and hot,” sauce. The sauce was too Asian fusion for my tastes. The menu also has a bunch of “for two” options, but you can also order them “for one”, so R got the ribeye for two, for one, the potato and yam gratin and blue cheese butter. It was surprisingly good, great even. I generally don’t believe in ordering steak at a restaurant that doesn’t specialize in prime, dry aged beef, but R doesn’t have such convictions and as a consequence he eating lots of mediocre steaks. However, his ribeye was delicious, cooked perfectly, with a nice seared smoky crust, and a juicy and flavorful interior. The blue cheese butter went with it perfectly. It was a huge steak and for $24 it was almost a bargain. I also love the fact that it comes with a choice of starch. Steakhouses have gotten to the point where they charge you $40 - $50 for a steak, and then another $8-$10 for a side. I’m willing to pay top dollar for the steak, but for a freaking potato? That’s ludicrous. I ended up eating half my tuna and more than just “a bite” of his steak.
Our dinner companions got the grilled salmon and a NY strip steak. I didn’t try either, but they seemed to enjoy their meals.
Dessert was a disappointment, R and I got the chocolate and caramel sampler for two. It was a dry brownie, two chocolate cookies and a small serving of chocolate mousse. The others got a lemon meringue tart which elicited an “it’s almost as good as my mother’s,” comment and an apple and cranberry turnover. I didn’t try those either.
Last note on the bread basket, it included a honey oatmeal roll that was really tasty. I do love a good bread basket.
Overall, I really enjoyed Summer Winter and in the culinary dead zone of Burlington, it’s a welcome addition.