Kimball's Kitchen. Outstanding. Amazing. Wonderful.
I was fortunate to be invited to have dinner at Kimball's Kitchen the other night and oh my gosh, it was exquisite. Formerly The Left Bank, Kimball's Kitchen is located in Sanderling, just past Duck, on the soundside. From the moment we walked in I felt relaxed, welcome and of course, hungry! I would best describe the atmosphere as casually elegant and while this is certainly an upscale restaurant it is by no means pretentious. I don't do pretentious. There are water views of the sound from every table and we witnessed a beautiful sunset.
Our waiter was Billy, who was not only quite attractive but very attentive and friendly (proof: See photo of Billy and Linda). He helped us choose some appetizers and our entrees as well. So now, let's get down to the food.
We started off with Kimball's Oysters; lump blue crab, spinach and Pernod creme on a fresh oyster. Linda (my dinner companion, friend and part time chauffeur) and I sampled raw oysters from several different areas. Delicious. The raw oysters were served with some sauces and sides including pickled watermelon rind...which was very good. I truly could have just sat there and eaten appetizers all night but ... that would have been wrong with all the delicious entrees to choose from.
The bread was served with butter that had "Pink Himalayan Salt" on it. OK, I have heard of pink salt, now I have tried it. Good. Everything was good...so let me continue...
The salads were chilled perfectly, very fresh and very tasty. My "Tomahawk Ribeye" was huge...I took half of it home. It was perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful. Linda had the crab cakes. She is from Maryland, not picky but knows good crabs, and pronounced them excellent. We also ordered some Lobster Macaroni which was oh so good.
Kimball's Kitchen has a very good wine selection and Linda had a glass of Moscato D'Asti. I had a vodka tonic. This is most definitely a place to go for very special occasions, to celebrate and to "dine" not just eat. We were both full but just had to try the lemon blueberry cheesecake, which was very light and refreshing.
Dining here was quite honestly an experience. We never felt rushed, service was outstanding, yet unobtrusive and the meal was one of the best I have ever had anywhere. Highly recommend for couples and adults and older kids.
Five stars all the way. Now, I am of the belief that a memory of a good meal, a great meal, far outlasts the price of that meal. Kimball's Kitchen is not inexpensive but it is not outrageous, especially for the ambience, the service, the views, the good and the whole experience. I will go back and will recommend.
Now I quite hungry so until time,
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