Top of the Point Unveils "Summer Road Trip" Dinners
Actually, though the vistas from the penthouse restaurant atop West Palm's Phillips Point East Tower are both gorgeous and expansive, they don't quite afford a view of New England, the wine country -- or the Big Easy.
So what did we eat?
Some remarkably sweet Ipswich steamer clams in a buttery scallion-dill broth good enough to wear as perfume, plus a day-boat cod and corn chowder thick enough to stand a spoon up in and hearty enough to eat like a steak. More of that mild, fresh-tasting cod arrived on a bed of wilted spinach with a Meyer lemon meunière. What lifted the dish from nice to wow was a single, plump, peeled smoked tomato whose sweet-smoky essence gave delicate cod, earthy spinach, and tangy butter sauce both oomph and focus.
Fillets of sole-like fluke got an achingly rich tomato beurre blanc studded with lots of big chunks of lobster, while tiny bay scallops were sauced with a lush corn veloute and accompanied by ricotta gnocchi that had spent a little too much time over high heat in the sauté pan.
Desserts: flash-roasted stone fruits with creamy plum gelato and strawberry-rhubarb pavlova with Marcona almond ice cream -- were a light yet homey end to a hearty meal. If you want to see the complete schedule of Road Trip dinners, plus the menu for next week's Hudson Valley dinner, go here.
Who knows? If you look really hard, maybe you will see Russia.
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