Nantucket; The Pearl, Dune, Oran Mor
Just returned from four nights in Nantucket; it had been at least fifteen years since we'd been there, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I felt like it had certainly changed, but it didn't feel unfamiliar. The restaurants have definitely developed. ( and wow-is the White Elephant is set on world domination! ?) On our last visit the only dinner I can recall as being at all sophisticated was at 21 Federal - but then we were there fishing, so it wasn't a dining oriented trip.
So, a few thoughts and impressions:
Our first night we just felt like wandering around and sitting at a bar. We asked the lovely woman in front of the Whaling Museum to recommend a bar without a television - she couldn't think of one, but told us Dune Restaurant across the street had a small tv, but the bartender was so tall you didn't notice it! Loved that take on it, so we sat at the bar with Anna and found our favorite hang. Everyone else sitting there was a local person, so that was nice, and Anna is great. We made a dinner of apps and had a great time - the salad of arugula, smoked peaches, hazelnuts and blue cheese was so good my husband ate most of it and I went back the next day and had it for lunch! Some nice oysters, a duck confit, a softshell crab - very nicely done. The plates are well thought out and the flavors were well balanced. At lunch there's also a shrimp dish with an arancini in a saffron sauce that was perfect. I was surprised I hadn't read anything about this place. It's nice looking also with out being over the top - like....
The Pearl. Wow, that was unexpected. I have to say the food was terrific; apparently the lobster stir-fry is the signature dish, and I can see why. Delicious, light and rich tasting at the same time. But the scene! I felt like I was back in Miami - tiny skirts, tall shoes and big lips. Maybe don't sit at the bar here, although there is a gorgeous fish tank. ( Also, our largest tab - $200+ and we split the $60 lobster! )
Oran Mor was very good, although I was disappointed in my big-eye tuna tartar app; there was a tomatoey flavor and texture to it that masked the tuna taste, even a bit ketch-upy. The fluke dish was very good, as was the duck confit ( can't help it, I'm addicted! ). Chocolate brownie something dessert - light and perfect finish. Terrific French waiter - Stephan? - very knowledgable and spot-on. Nice evening.
Had a reservation for American Seasons but lingered too long at the beach and skipped it. All in all a nice re-visit and many thanks to those who have posted before. Can't wait to come back next year!
2 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554
80 Center St, Nantucket, MA 02554