By Jessica Mackin
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Last week I visited the Backyard Restaurant at Solé East in Montauk which is open for the 2014 summer season. This hidden garden oasis offers a distinctly laidback vibe, while offering a locally sourced, seasonal menu. It's a fun, lively, and fresh concept.
My friend and I started with the clam chowder, which happens to be the Montauk Chowder Contest winner for 2011-2013, and we could definitely see why. We also had to try the hummus plate with kalamata olives and warm grilled pita. Both were delicious ways to start our meal.
For entrees we decided on the homemade gnocchi with exotic mushrooms and truffle cream and the herb brined half roasted chicken with natural jus and a summer zucchini couscous on the side. We couldn't have been more satisfied with our choices. Everything was cooked to perfection.
To end the meal, for dessert I would suggest the fruit tarte which was homemade and beyond mouthwatering.
The outdoor space is like relaxing in a "backyard." The elegant atmosphere is completed with a roaring fire pit, tiki torches and day beds. The dining room features a clean and fresh atmosphere.
The Backyard Restaurant welcomes guests not only for breakfast, lunch and dinner in season, but also for live music and cocktails.
Solé East is also host to several events throughout the summer including the Summer Concert Series that includes free, intimate, performances with featured musicians. They do a Jazz and Bossa Nova Sunday Brunch each week where guests can enjoy an a la carte brunch and relax with live music.
Sunday Night Cinema where guests are invited to grab their beach chairs and blankets and head over for outdoor surf movies and a BBQ begin this month. Local musicians play Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the season as well as poolside DJs on weekends.
As a finishing touch, rotating art exhibits of local artists and photographers adorn the walls.
Backyard Restaurant at Solé East
90 Second House Road