July 03, 2013

Main Course

Southampton Social Club

Jessica Mackin. (click for larger version)
Southampton Social Club is a Hamptons staple. With renowned Chef Scott Kampf at the helm, not only is SSC a great spot for nightlife, but a perfect location for fine dining in Southampton.

Kampf has received the acclaimed Chaine des Rôtisseurs Award of Excellence and Star Chef's People's Choice Award. He has also appeared on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America." His unique, personal style has been developed by living and traveling abroad in France, Italy and Spain. His personal style is evident in the creative dishes he prepares at SSC.

My friend Jennie and I went to dinner at SSC this past week. To start we ordered off the cocktail menu. SSC has fantastic cocktails with top quality ingredients. I ordered "The Roaring Twenties" cocktail which consists of Belvedere intense vodka, St. Germaine, grapefruit juice, and fresh lime on the rocks. For Jennie, the "Southampton Iced Tea," the bartender's twist on the Long Island iced tea, made with quality ingredients that do not include the hangover. The ingredients are Belvedere lemon tea vodka, fresh lemon, simple syrup, and iced tea on the rocks.

Kampf sent us a variety of appetizers to sample. The braised short rib sliders, prepared with a roasted strawberry barbecue sauce, cole slaw on toasted brioche with gherkins, were absolutely delicious. The edamame and chickpea hummus with roasted garlic and citrus with Kalamata olives and hemp flatbread was tasty, creative, and a great choice for anyone looking for a gluten free menu option. The crispy zucchini chips with garlic aioli were perfectly crisp and perfect to order for a table to share.

The sesame encrusted Ahi tuna is a menu favorite, prepared with wake seaweed salad, lotus chips, wasabi caviar and a sweet soy reductions. The Burrata caprese salad was also magnificent. Made with local heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil oil and a balsamic drizzle, we could tell it was made with only the finest ingredients.

For our entrees I went with the pan seared striped bass provencal while Jennie decided on the cast iron seared filet mignon. The bass was prepared with local roasted asparagus and organic quinoa. The filet, made with Bourguignon butter, roasted peanut potatoes, charred baby carrots and a malbec demi-glace. We agreed that each bite was better than the last for both of our dishes.

For dessert we decided to try the SSC doughnuts. This delicious confection was served with creme anglaise and raspberry coulis dipping sauces. To top off our dessert, mini raspberry frozen daiquiris made with Bacardi rum, cointreau and fresh lime.

SSC offers a variety of fine dining service options from dinner, and light fare to VIP bottle service and private parties, making SSC the perfect location for any occasion.

SSC offers a $35 prix-fixe, which is impressively extensive, offering many menu options. It is available all night on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Fridays before 7:30 PM.

Southampton Social Club

256 Elm Street

Southampton, NY 11968


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