The summer season has come to a wrap. But, weekend trips to the Hamptons are still in store for many to sail the waters and collect doorstep pumpkins. When it comes to dinning out east after the warm months it can often be overwhelming to find a perfect meal. But one pop-up restaurant is changing that.
Easily located on the Montauk Highway in Watermill (1020 Montauk Hwy) is a truly delightful find of Calissa. It is fruition to exist in the area.
From the moment you walk in the doors you feel relaxed in the sophisticated environment. It is like a cool breeze blowing over the water and on to your face as you step inside.
The bar and dinning rooms are designed with gentle colors and soft wood enhancements that could be found in a stunning private home on the islands of Greece. No detail is left undone and it adds to the high quality of the experience. There is even a lovely patio with seating in the sweet sunshine.
Staff at the restaurant treats you like family with friendly smiles and joyous laughs. Ask for a recommendation and they will tell you with passion what to select as if they were telling you with pride what their mother just made in the kitchen.
The meal itself is that of legends for the Hamptons. Typically you find that dinning out east means blah tastes and a lack of portion size. After a long day at the beach and outdoors we all want a meal to satisfy our appetite – you find this here.
Even starters such as the Pikilia Platter (with creamy Tzatziki , spicy Kafteri, and tasty Melzana) are large enough to bring a smile to your stomach. But, one has to leave room for more and more.
The Saganaki made with local honey, sesame seeds, and fig jam is truly exquisite. It is no wonder that it is one of the most popular menus on the item that you will see on almost all the tables. Grilled Portuguese Octopus is spectacular. The combination of kalamata olives, celery salad and potato is perfect. Other options to try include Montauk Fluke Crudo and Calamari. There is also a wide variety of scrumptious salads including a Local Arugula Mix along with a Farro Salad.
Being so close to the water will make the choice of the Salt-Baked Whole Fish a moment of perfection in your experience. The plate is full of freshness and exquisite preparation. One bite will take you to heaven. In fact, it may be one of the best of its kind that the villages have ever experienced. Other ocean selections include Little Neck Clam Risotto and Lobster Bucatini.
If seafood is not on your tasting agenda other delights include Grilled Pork Chops, Spit Roasted Cascun Farms Chicken and Grass-Fed Bavette Steak.
There is a rich distinction in every bite. And dishes are perfectly fitting for the Hamptons with the sense that all is healthy. With pride Calissa also sources ingredients locally.
The restaurant draws its name from a bright and beautiful star constellation in the summer sky. It fits it well. Luckily this star will still shine after the summer season until the end of October.
For more information and reservations please visit here.