The food at Surf Lodge has always been great. I really love the low key beachy feel to the place and it truly is beautiful. It’s great for dinner or drinks or a late night. This summer Surf Lodge changed hands and it’s under new ownership which means the kitchen is also under a new chef and the restaurant under a new name, Byron. Sick of cooking, grilling and doing dishes (lol) we decided to take our guests to Surf Lodge for dinner to catch the sunset, have some good food and instead of doing dishes, having drinks post dinner.
I started with the Surf Lodge margarita and I adore how they serve it:
For the table we got a bunch to share. The salt and pepper squid.
Divine! The squid was impossibly tender and not at all chewy. Batter was light and it was perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper. It was incredibly tasty…dare I say the best calamari I’ve ever had yet?!
Tomatoes and burrata:
Gooey center mozzarella laced over “in season” sweet heirloom tomatoes. It doesn’t get more simple and more summer than this.
Fresh ricotta bruschetta topped with sweet peas and shaved zucchini:
It was ok. I found it a bit bland but everyone else seemed to like it. Again the ingredients were kept minimal, simple and clean.
Perfectly cooked and succulent morsels of scallop enhanced only by the sweetness and crunch of the cashew chili relish. I really liked this. Nothing better than a perfectly cooked, sweet scallop.
The other part of my dinner was the asparagus and red quinoa salad with red onion, poached egg and parsley:
Big fail in my book mainly because the quinoa was terribly undercooked and incredibly tough. Also, the entire dish was bland. I barely touched it.
Luckily the dessert Cookie Monster got made up for the memory of the salad: banana cake with salted caramel and ice cream
Seriously I can eat vats of salted caramel and I hate most things sweet. This was amazing. I loved the contrast of salt on sweet, cold on hot.
The meal was pretty good (aside from the salad). It’s very simple food with fresh farm ingredients in a beautiful setting. And then after, you can head for post dinner drinks either by the bonfire or on any one of the seats scattered around the outdoor bar area.
Byron at Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St, Montauk, NY