Our visit last night Michael and Orla LaScola’s American Seasons confirmed again that American Seasons remains one of the finest restaurants on the island. In a town where restaurant excellence is the norm, American Seasons is always a standout, with LaScola’s “playful cuisine” always taking center stage. Even on a busy night with diners everywhere, the service and attention to detail remains excellent, as does the food.
We started with a remarkable Rabbit and Foie Gras Terrine with arugula, picked cherries, rye soil, radishes, mustard and Banyuls (wine vinegar). The excellent charcuterie at this restaurant means that any sort of terrine is sure to be delicious and we were not disappointed. The terrine was rich and flavorful with lots of surprises in each bite. It’s hard not to order something this good every time we visit, because they are always superb.
Our other appetizer was this year’s version of their familiar tomato-watermelon salad, named Farm Tomato Salad, and serve with large chunks of tomato and watermelon, Vermont Feta, different kinds of basil leaves and a chickpea spread. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
One of our entrees was a fantastic Tobacco Rubbed Duck Breast: several generous slices of duck breast served with a crispy duck confit and a kind of sausage the menu dubbed “foiesage,” amazingly rich and tasty. You also got hazelnuts, granola, corn veloute, huge sweet blackberries, a corrot, a bean, a snap pea and a blackberry vinaigrette. Quite astonishing.
Finally our other entrée was a Farro “Risotto,” a vegetarian dish created using farro instead of rice, served with a rich and delicious mushroom broth, summer vegetables, a Vermont cloth-bound cheddar and a soft-boiled egg. The flavors in this was wonderful, but we wished we had had a few more vegetables to round out the dish.
We had to close by sharing their most ridiculous dessert, the “Flying Elvis,” made up of chocolate cake, peanut butter, banana, and a scoop of chocolate ice cream. You can share this one, it’s so big and rich or you’ll end up looking like Elvis, too!
We always leave American Seasons pleasantly full and dazzled with LaScola’s excellent cuisine. Don’t miss a chance to dine there.
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