When we recently visited Ella’s Fine Food Drink, cook Jeanie Roland not usually helped to broach a dinners, though a seven-time James Beard Foundation semi-finalist also quickly stopped by a list 3 additional times to ask how we were enjoying a food.
When we commented that a Brussel-Apple salad — a palatable mixture of thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, celebration apples, currents, and finely-shaved shaved Pecorino Romano cheese kindly dressed with a lemon balsamic vinaigrette and hunger nuts (half $7/full $10) — was delicious, she smiled and answered, “Yes, isn’t a Brussel-Apple incredible?”
Roland can simply attest for her food given she knows that all that comes out of her kitchen is done with expertise, caring and a freshest mixture possible, many all-natural or organic.
Like a Braised Spiced Wild Boar ($32) that is served with cocoa pasta, chanterelle mushrooms, a braising sauce, and Mimolette cheese. My dining messenger had a boar on another new revisit to Ella’s (OK, law be told, we’ve been there 3 times in a past 6 weeks) and raved about a tenderness, season and lip-smacking goodness.
The waitress on one of a visits told us Roland gets a boar from a place in New Jersey called D’Artagnan, a self-described heading purveyor of humanely raised, all-natural and organic free-range meats, game, poultry, pates, sausages, and smoked delicacies that are sole to both veteran and home chefs.
The forage served with Momma’s Chicken ($24) accost from a Carolinas and are no comparison to those sole in a box during a grocery store. The ornithology in a plate — a bone-in steep entertain — is dripping in buttermilk, boiled in steep fat, and comes sitting on a raise of a yellow corn antebellum forage with cheddar cheese, kale and honeyed corn butter. It’s unequivocally good.
The menu during Ella’s is anniversary and theme to change, though for as prolonged as we can remember and we suppose given a grill non-stop in 2012, a Mamma’s Chicken has been on a menu.
Another tack is a Crabby Scallop ($36) that facilities 3 ideally grilled jumbo scallops surfaced with pile crabmeat, on coconut-cilantro-infused black rice, with bok choy, and a mirin-yuzu apricot beurre blanc. There might not be adequate difference to report a plate this delicious. The scallops are sweet, proposal and flavorful, and with a crabmeat on top, they are doubly good. And a black rice, with a salsa and all a flavors consistent together, army a caf� to delayed down to season any singular bite.
Yes, a food is unusually good during Ella’s, and a menu is varied, with churned options and cost points. The Moroccan Lamb is on a high end, during $54, while a Ella’s Burger is a some-more affordable $17. If we supplement foie gras to a burger, that’s an additional $12.
Customers also have a choice of carrying their plate in a grave dining room or a some-more infrequent bar, where congregation sup not usually during a bar though also during tables and high-tops.
For a many part, a waitstaff during Ella’s is excellent, gentle in creation recommendations given a cook has had them ambience a food, and associating about ingredients, specials, and even a flowers on a tables. But on dual occasions we know of, friends have complained about delayed or unsound service, that is a contrition because, in both cases, they raved about a food.
We did splurge on one of a visits and attempted a lamb. It’s a 16-ounce spiced and harissa burnished domestic shelve that was served with fingerling potatoes, snap peas, marinated olives, and beurre verte, or immature butter.
The apportionment was generous, and we common it, and a celebration of 4 concluded it was a best plate we systematic that night.
Another really good choice was a Shrimp Tempura ($26), served with churned greens with miso vinaigrette and preserved ginger. There were a lot of shrimp, really easily battered, served in a apart plate from a salad. Our usually censure was a salsa — a miso drop — lacked flavor.
Over a visits with several friends and family, we have attempted most of what is on a Ella’s menu and have frequency been disappointed. The Salsiccia Rigatoncini (half $18/full $24) was good-sized and served with house-made sausage, ricotta, and a pinkish sauce. The Shortrib Gnocchi ($30) came with braised ribs, hen of a timber mushrooms, house-made gnocchi, and parmesan.
Once we are settle in during Ella’s, a waiter away serves any patron a cube of comfortable rosemary and Kalamata olive focaccia and places a tiny plate of olive oil on a list for everybody to share for dipping. At a finish of a meal, cook Roland sends out nominal tiny chocolate peanut butter bites that we always demeanour brazen to.
But if we wish more, a Ella’s desserts are really good. We have attempted a few, including a Apple Tart ($14), a Red Wine Crème Caramel ($12), and a hands-down best — Just Chocolate ($14), that is layers of chocolate torte, chocolate ganache, and white chocolate cheesecake with chocolate sauce. Three of us attempted though couldn’t finish it.
Ella’s is not your standard restaurant. Roland and her father and business partner, James Roland, possess and work not only Ella’s though also another rarely rated eatery, The Perfect Caper in Punta Gorda, Florida.
She is an well-developed horde and cook who has bested luminary Bobby Flay on a Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay,” won countless honors and accolades, and only published a cookbook, “Butter Love Cream.” Taylor Swift, who has a home in Watch Hill, is a large fan of Ella’s and dines there when she’s in city and has even taken a cooking category with crony Lorde taught by Roland.
If we haven’t been, find an arise to sup during Ella’s. Roland, typically in black chef’s clothes and red clogs, is certain to stop by your list to make certain we are satisfied.