A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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New eats in the Hamptons

July 19th, 2006

I spend a lot of the summer in the Hamptons, typically in the 20 mile stretch from Southampton to Easthampton. Every year many of the restaurants change hands making the dining scene very confusing. I continue to feel that dining out in the Hamptons is overrated; restaurants are over crowded, prices are steep, and the food is satisfactory. However, everyone seems to like to go out, so here’s what’s new…

Trata
East in Watermill maybe the best new addition in years. It is a Greek restaurant with a strong focus on fish. Their concept is to have very fresh fish and cook it simply, great idea and surprisingly no one else does it. Trata offers a wide selection of fish that is displayed over ice on a table in the dining room. I had a red snapper grilled to perfection which was served with olive oil, lemon and capers. I felt like I was in the Mediterranean. Their starters were equally good, and included many Greek favorites: taramosalata (fish roe salad), tzatziki (cucumber yogurt dip), grilled octopus, and of course a Greek salad. Even the wine list was all Greek. I loved this place and plan to go back.
The Laundry
A fixture in East Hampton for many years, lost their lease and moved a few miles east. This new restaurant is quite a bit larger, but the menu and the chef have stayed the same. The initial feedback I received is that the food is as consistent as ever.
Mumbo Gumbo
Is a new restaurant in Sag Harbor that wants to bring us the food of New Orleans. It is owned by Jean Luc Kleefield, who owns JL East, JLX Bistro, and Madame Tongs. I think he is spread too thin, my last meal at JLX Bistro was awful. So I will wait till I return to New Orleans for some good Cajun food.
Lori
Is a new restaurant in Southampton in the space previously occupied by James on Main. Lori was one of the old owners so I would anticipate the new place to have a smooth opening. It is a light airy restaurant but I have not eaten there yet.
Wild Thyme
s a new place from the owners of Thyme and Again. Their focus is on fresh seasonal food at reasonable prices…nice concept, hopefully I can give you more details soon.

If you have tried any of these new restaurants I’d love to know your thoughts.

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