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ALure Chowder House & Oysteria

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

ALure 1

After spending the day on the boat exploring the Peconic River and visiting Greenport and Shelter Island, the topic turned to dinner. Immediately, everyone proposed ALure.

Though the interior dining area and full bar were inviting and the fireplace would comfort in other seasons, we happily sat outside, watching the boat traffic in the adjacent Port of Egypt Marina.

We started our meals with icy cold drinks, and soon our personable server brought us roasted corn and watermelon salad with locally sourced feta cheese and the grilled salmon salad with wonton crisps. We were tasting the freshness of a North Fork summer!

ALure 2Though the menu changes, the water’s bounty is always featured at ALure. Offerings from the kitchen of Chef Tom Schaudel, one of the owners of this restaurant as well as aMano in Mattituck, veer towards the finned, the bivalve, and the crustacean.

Begin with New England fish “chowdah” or a classic Manhattan clam chowder, “Not So Big Plates” of Baja style fish tacos, cast iron grilled calamari, and pan seared lump crab cakes. Raw bar selections include shrimp, Little Neck clams, and local oysters from Cranes Neck, Pine Island, or Mattituck, served on the half shell with a cucumber verjus mignonette sauce. Lobster can be savored poached, steamed, or in a roll, but don’t ask the kitchen to broil, stuff, or grill the lobster — the menu says they won’t do it.

Other taste temptations abound, such as the battered fish and chips, macadamia coconut crusted flounder, grilled salmon, linguine with clams, and simply grilled fish. Rounding out the menu is a grilled sirloin steak and a juicy burger with pepper jack cheese, accompanied by delicious fries.

As the only menu item for vegans or vegetarians was a field green salad, our server headed back to the kitchen to see what else was possible. The resulting asparagus and rice centric dish was fantastic.

Linger through dessert at ALure and savor the flourless chocolate cake with lime scented caramel and sea salt, the butterscotch pudding, and the lemon curd tart. If you’re not piloting on the way home, enjoy a “Float Your Boat” liqueur coffee as you take a few more minutes to watch fellow boaters glide by.

ALure Chowder House & Oysteria

62300 Main Road

Southold

631-876-5300

www.alurenorthfork.com/

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