For the past 20 years, La Marmite has been one of our favorite fine dining choices. This iconic restaurant located in Williston Park, long island, is regarded as a defining landmark on the North Shore of Long Island. Although there are some excellent french and northern italian restaurants on long island, La Marmite has maintained its pre-eminent position as one of the very best, based on its fine reputation, elegance, fine cuisine and superb service.
Recently, the Kearns family, one of la marmite's long time customers purchased the restaurant and Greg Kearns became the new executive chef. Greg's mission is to maintain and elevate an already legendary culinary gem with his own exciting variations and new selections. We were recently invited by Greg to sample his new La Marmite's menu,specials, and house made desserts.
We arrived at the fabled,100 year old Victorian mansion on a weekday night in July, and were pleased to see that La Marmite, both outdoors and inside, was essentially the same. The restaurant recalls the early days of a golden era when fine dining was a special experience. The drapery and wall decor hinted at the fabulous years of fine dining La Marmite had served over the past 40 years.
The main dining room is divided into 3 separate seating area served by a meticulously dressed wait staff and Maitre D. We were quickly seated and served a basket of thickly sliced and toasted peasant bread with raisin walnut rolls. The bread was delicious and a good omen for an extraordinary dining experience.
We began our meal with an assortment of fabulous appetizers:
Beet and Frisee salad with smoked salmon, soft cooked egg, potato, and mustard vinaigrette.
and a Baby Romaine Salad with creamy basil dressing, tomato confit, torn croutons, and parmesan cheese.
followed by an outrageously delicious plate with a large seared diver scallop, made with a sweet corn risotto, bacon, chive, and a miso
vinaigrette dressing. We also shared a a large shrimp cocktail with a tangy cocktail sauce
There was a brief pleasant intermezzo for conversation and to enjoy a delightful fruit libation.
We were now ready for two spectacular entrees: Herb crusted rack of lamb-pommes boulangerie, spinach and red wine sauce. The lamb was prepared medium rare and was a visual and taste delight.
A 2 lb broiled lobster- partially shelled and filled with delectable and succulent lobster meat in a bowl with peas and chorizo- One of the best lobsters we have had this season. The young lobster was gently lifted from the shell and served with liquified butter for dipping. Tender white and pink lobster meat proved to be a true neptunian delight. .
We could not resist sampling the house made fine pastries and desserts the kitchen offered. We tried a plate of Peach and Blueberry crumble- served with almond streusel and vanilla ice cream.
A slice of Key Lime Pie- A perfect rendition of this internationally famous dessert, made with a graham cracker crust and house made whipped cream.
We finished our meal and left the restaurant, thoroughly satiated and content knowing that the legendary La Marmite is continuing its tradition of serving some of Long Island's finest haute cuisine.
Highly recommended, Kudos to Chef Greg Kearns and the wait staff for making our evening a culinary delight.
The atmosphere, fine food, and beautiful music in the background made for a romantic and very pleasant evening. La Marmite remains one of Long Island's finest gourmet restaurants.
La Marmite , 234 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, Long Island tel:516-746-1243