Sunday, April 13, 2008
Sumou is he newish sushi restaraunt in East Patchougue. The scruffy outside betrays the buildings fast food origins and there is nothing to prepare one for the shock of the interior that is as sleek and attractive as the outside is grim and generic.
The food is easily the best oriental fare on Long Island. The sushi is unbelievably fresh and clean tasting and the tempura is perfectly flash fried. I have never been to a Japanese restaraunt with such a diverse sake selection and the flight of sake offering is a tremendous bargain at only 9 dollars.
The service is first rate as well with friendly, upbeat servers and well-timed food delivery. We have already been three times in the last month and each time there was a hip looking clientelle which is not the usual thing on Long Island (especially Suffolk). The restaraunt is also open late during the week (until 10) and later on the weekends (until 11). As a rule, it is not easy to find restaraunts that serve this late on Long Island.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
So many "high end" restaurants on Long Island (and everywhere I suppose) tend toward over-exposure that there are few if any restaurants of real quality that fly under the radar. La Plage is one of those rarities and the result of this is one of the few restaurants on Long Island to achieve something like cult status. Indeed, whenever Lynn and I have a special occasion to celebrate La Plage is always our first thought.
The place has the look of an elegant shack with small, intimate space, a porch for a bar and a nice, cheerful color scheme. Recently, we ate there as part of restaurant week on LI. There was a simple three course price fix for 21.00 (an unbelievable bargain)-There was a nice smoked salmon appetizer, a tart apple salad with jerez vinaigrette. Osso Bucco was a brilliant choice for an entree as was the wine from a vineyard nearby. My fish was nicely prepared with an interesting hint of mint. The service was prompt and cordial and very warm.
In writing this, I find myself stumped to offer even the slightest suggestion of improvement. La Plage is perfection, just don't tell anyone or you might ruin it for the rest of us.
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Links of note from M & L...
- I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...