The Brick Bistro restaurant, created by Michael Sturgis, became the new restaurant at the Jared Coffin House this spring and has introduced delicious and imaginative new dishes to the island. You may remember the Jared Coffin House dining room as a nondescript beige box, but Sturgis engaged Kathleen Hay Design to completely redecorate to great effect. It is now a warm and luxurious restaurant, but with moderate prices (for Nantucket).
Under Chef Alex Sigeti, the menu takes the “bistro” concept to a new level, with delightful and interesting flourishes in every dish. The menu has nine appetizers, from $8-$16 and seven entrees, ranging from $22 to $36. (The sirloin is an outlier at $44.)
To start, the waiter brings a dish with garlic and spices and adds warm olive oil to make a dish for their crusty bread. This made a welcome start to the meal.
One appetizer was the delicious Buffalo-style Pork Belly with Maytag (bleu cheese) and celeriac puree, and drizzled with a Thai-infused hot sauce. The mixture of flavors in this dish was extraordinary, with hot sauce, cool bleu cheese and the meaty pork belly, accompanied by the soothing puree.
Equally spectacular was the warm grilled peach salad, served with prosciutto and crusted goat cheese, served over chopped lettuces. This dish was apparently an experiment on the menu and you should urge them to repeat it.
For a main entrée, one choice was the Seafood Fra Diavolo: House-made Pasta, Lobster, Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, and Scallops in a Spicy Tomato Broth. This dish comes in two sizes, with only the larger $35 portion including a lobster tail. We found both the seafood and the pasta extraordinarily tasty, and recommend the dish highly. We chose the lobster-sized portion, but purely because we thought it would make a better photo.
The other entrée we chose was the delightful Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Risotto with Dried Cranberries, Fresh Herbs and Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. You may hesitate on this one, but do not. It is one of the best dishes on the menu and well worth your attention.
Desserts on the menu were simple” Chocolate Mousse, Sorbet Flight, Lime Panna Cotta and a cheese board. We did not have room to try them: you will have to do this yourself.
The main dining room has about 16 tables and a bar. There is also a separate bar in the adjacent room with cocktail style high tables and a bar TV. That night, a Red Sox Yankees game was on without sound.
Again, this is a lovely new restaurant that truly deserves you attention, and we recommend it highly. Our only small criticism was that it was a little dark to read the menu. We thought of igniting the dish of olive oil to get a bit more light, but this idea was quickly discouraged.
There are too many great restaurants on Nantucket to visit them all every year, but this one is definitely on our A-list.
- Brick house Bistro to open at Jared Coffin House