I am not a regular of the Bristol Lounge, a bit too pricey for frequent visits, but I do like to pop in every now and again for a nice glass of cabernet or to Wednesday’s Burgers and Burgundy with friends and of course as a special treat when I have visitors from the UK for their fantastic Afternoon Tea. Thinking about it this could be a perfect afternoon for an Easter treat.
I arrived a little earlier and took up a seat at their relatively quiet bar. Immediately greeted by one of the bartenders, who I have seen at the Four Seasons for years, I ordered a glass of the Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and took a look around while I waited for my friend.
There is grandeur to the Bristol Lounge with it's warmth and elegance that makes you feel special. These days I have noticed that the lounge and bar area is a lot more casual, even though the dress code is smart casual. I see more just casual with its patrons but that doesn’t change the special feel and ambience. There is also a chance of star spotting but not on this particular evening.
My friend, Stacey arrived and we took a look at the menu. The bar offers the luxury of being able to pick from the bar or main menu. The menu offers their classic burger, fresh seafood and raw bar and housemade pasta options. Wanting to try a couple of tastes we decided on a few appetizers and small plates to share. Stacey remembered that the ahi tuna tartare was really good so that seemed an obvious choice.
The Bristol Lounge very kindly split everything for us, a very nice touch. The Ahi Tuna Tartare is delicate topped with creamy avocado, crunchy jicama and grilled scallions, which give it a lovely sweetness. Worthy of Stacey’s recommendation and now it is one of mine.
We also ordered a salad of Curly Spinach and
Endive. While I did think there was a little
too much dressing on the salad I quite enjoyed the combination of shredded apple,
sweet beets and candied walnuts.
|Ahi Tuna Tartare – |
Avocado, Jicama, Grilled Scallions
|Talbot Farms Curly Spinach and Endive Salad – |
New England Pink Lady Apples, Petit Beets, Smoked Candied Walnuts, Celery Root,
|Spicy Lamb Sausage with Mini Pretzels|
While I wouldn’t dine at the Bristol every night this was such a lovely treat on a snowy evening and with sharing a couple of appetizers and small plate dishes we managed to be almost budget conscious.