food & dining
October 5, 2012 Page 63
Review: Hampton Seafood Co. shrimp salad, lobster salad, tuna salad, edamame and salsa. Though I’ve obviously tasted incarnations s Dan’s Papers comes out on Thursday, I’ll start of all of these plates, Hampton Seafood Co.’s varieties with the most pressing information. Head to offered a unique blend of flavors that set them apart Hampton Seafood Co. in East Hampton tonight for from others, a testament to Ambrose’s tenure in the Joe’s Happy Hour “Seafood Style” from 4:30–6:30 p.m. business and a treat for the palate. The hummus and edamame are a part of the We’ve got the “who,” “what,” “where” and “when” (note: every Thursday) down, let’s talk about the Wellness Challenge, a diet that Ambrose states is “why.” To state the reason succinctly: Because “beyond vegan” in its rigid guidelines and in the I sampled a medley of Hampton Seafood Co.’s nutrition it packs. Many of Hampton Seafood Co.’s offerings on a recent afternoon. Tucked inside an offerings are prepared within the parameters of inauspicious building near the East Hampton train the Wellness Challenge, which focuses on limiting salt and oils. (To that station, this eatery is note: The hummus is a true Hamptons gem. made with olives, not Headed by Chef tahini, a substitution Peter Ambrose of I wholeheartedly Peter Ambrose Events condone—and I’ve and catering company, never been an olive Hampton Seafood Co. lover.) is a one-stop shop for Then, it was on to all your dining needs. the main courses: Lunch specials? Check. Pan seared scallops To-go dinners? Check. with a sweet corn Catering? Homemade, risotto; Seared tuna premade sauces? over sesame noodles; Fresh off the boat linguini with white seafood? A smattering clam sauce; and ribs of local produce and and filet mignon with a products? Check. chimichurri sauce. Check. Check. Check. The scallops were And, of course, there’s lightly grilled—they the Happy Hour, where had that elusive golden seafood lovers can brown color most indulge in fish tacos, sought by scallop Hampton Seafood Co.’s Pan seared scallops with a sweet corn risotto lovers—which brought famous $3 wonder. out their full flavor, and Wooden lobster traps surround the building, a nod to the fact that they paired nicely with the creamy risotto. The tuna was also simply prepared, and the Ambrose’s partners in the business own a fleet of Montauk fishing boats. (Did I mention that the accompanying wasabi sauce packed a punch without seafood is fresh?) As the traps were clearly set up being overwhelming. The Hampton Seafood Co. ably to be makeshift tables, I grabbed a spot and quickly dabbles with Asian influences, as they also make found myself dining on a variety of Hampton Seafood sushi daily. Just in case the name of the establishment Co.’s offerings. Hampton Seafood Co. runs the gamut of to-go dining is misleading, however, Hampton Seafood Co. options, from casual, deli-style seafood salads and also knows its way around the meat smoker. sandwiches to ready-made clambakes and gourmet The ribs were topped with a homemade catering. They also carry a variety of local products, barbecue sauce (also available for purchase including beverages from Hampton Water Company inside), which made for a finger lickin’, and the Montauk Beverage Company, and local fall-off-the-bone flavor. Hampton Seafood Co.’s catering options work produce. And if there’s one thing that unites all of Hampton Seafood Co.’s offerings, it’s the commitment for events of all sizes. Tired of party planning and to fresh ingredients and the deft culinary guidance of interested in simply relaxing after a wonderfully Chef Ambrose, who has been in the catering business hectic Hamptons summer? Kick back with a single for 17 years. (Peter Ambrose Events is located right to-go meal. And check out Hampton Seafood Co.’s Facebook page for daily specials. next door to Hampton Seafood Co.) Hampton Seafood Co., 17 Race Lane, East Hampton. I started off with a sampling of dishes that served as appetizers—a colorful array of hummus, guacamole, 631-324-9224, www.peterambroseevents.com By kelly laffey
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