L’escale and The Delamar Greenwich Harbor have recently been named Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Partners. L’escale is located inside the luxurious Delamar Hotel at 500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT.
Located at the beautiful Delamar Hotel, directly on Greenwich Harbor, L’escale (French: stopover) is a MUST stop and savor on anyone’s Connecticut itinerary. Greenwich itself is a lovely, charming, upscale, elegant village with excellent shops, restaurants, beautiful scenery, and a great place to spend a weekend “out in the country.” Convenient to exclusive downtown Greenwich shopping district, and accessible by boat, L’escale is the place to relax and unwind, enjoy a cocktail, or an amazing meal, with emphasis on the freshest seafood, great raw bar, excellent salads, as well as steaks and chops. Dinner is a sumptuous affair: L’escale serves “contemporary Provencale fare with a Mediterranean touch.” The hotel and restaurant are elegantly decorated, hip, and comfortable, with ample outdoor seating overlooking the harbor and Long Island Sound. L’escale serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with a fabulous Sunday Brunch. Dine al fresco during the spring and summer seasons, or just lounge idly at the lovely terrace bar overlooking the harbor.
The Delamar is a European-style boutique hotel with 83 rooms and luxury suites. Enjoy luxurious amenities and ultimate comfort. Designer Amelie Vigneron of Avignon, France created a comfortable, chic European environment utilizing 200 year old stone terra cotta tiles from Provence for the floors as well as a wood burning fireplace from a castle in the south of France. Practically everything in the restaurant has been imported from France, including the weathered oak window frames which were salvaged from homes in France for the cabinetry along the far wall of the dining room, to the white bentwood chairs, specially made in France for the restaurant, and the chandeliers, crafted from twisted iron wire are the work of Pascale Palun of Vox Populi.
L’escale’s signature cuisine is contemporary continental and French. Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer is at the helm of this impeccable operation, serving the highest quality foods, flawlessly executed, and beautifully presented. Growing up in the western countryside area outside of Paris, Chef Kieffer spent his summers working in local restaurants where he discovered a true passion for cooking. Frederic enrolled into the well-known L’Ecole superieure de Cuisine Frangaiselean-Ferrandi in Montparnasse, Paris where he was trained in classic French cuisine. After graduating, Chef Kieffer held apprenticeships at some of Paris’ most renowned restaurants such as Taillevent, Le Chiberta, and the Lutetia Hotel until Potel et Chabot offered him the opportunity to come to Greenwich, Connecticut to help run their restaurant C’est si Bon. After a short stint in Connecticut, Frederic worked in Manhattan in the kitchen of Tentation Caterers, led by Chef Laurent Tourondel and at The Museum of Natural History. In addition, Kieffer was also instrumental in the opening of the Los Angeles Music Center in California. Next, Chef Kieffer worked with restaurateur Joseph Baum, then owner of the Rainbow Room, at the legendary Windows on the World for several years, and went on to to work at New York City’s Water’s Edge and Man Ray restaurant.
In 2003, Chef Kieffer returned to Connecticut to open L’escale, a new, contemporary French restaurant in the Delamar Greenwich Harbor hotel. L’escale quickly became one of the Connecticut’s most sought after dining destinations, known for excellent food, great service, and a location second to none. L’escale garnered Three Stars trom Connecticut Magazine and an ”Excellent” rating trom The New York Times.
On a recent visit, my friends and I started with cocktails and enjoyed the raw bar and setting sun out on the terrace overlooking the harbor. The atmosphere was casual chic, a gorgeous spot to mingle and unwind after a long week in New York City. L’escale is definitely an impressive place, combining everything I look for in a Preferred Dining Destination: excellent food, excellent service, and great atmosphere/location. There are numerous options for lighter and healthy meals on L’escale’s extensive menu, and this gourmand appreciates the emphasis on farm to table produce and the freshest local seafood.
The amazing raw bar on the outdoor terrace overlooking the harbor is famous for the freshest seafood in Connecticut.
The meal we enjoyed was flawless. Everything from the oysters, clams, and jumbo shrimp cocktail, to the sumptuous salads (with greens from a local organic farm), appetizers, including an excellent steak tartare with truffle remoulade and quail egg, tuna tartare with apple cider cream, pumpkin seeds, and frisee, to the entrees (perfectly cooked prime steaks, and sumptuous fresh local seafood) was amazing, as was the baked rhubarb cobbler we all tasted with vanilla bean gelato made in-house. L’escale has an extensive global wine list with an especially excellent selection of French wines, and many great offerings by the glass as well. I was also impressed that L’escale featured Badoit as their sparkling water, a favorite in Paris and among the cognoscenti (think: tiny bubbles!)
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Fresh local clams
Seared Diver Scallops
Fresh Catch Carpaccio
L’escale is renowned for their seafood selection
Organic local mixed greens salad
Seared Scottish Salmon
L’escale serves USDA Prime steaks, cooked to perfection
See you in Greenwich, and don’t forget to also visit the other Greenwich Hospitality Group properties, the Delamar Southport (and Artisan Restaurant), and the newly opened Four Columns Inn (and Artisan Restaurant) in Newfane, Vermont!