Chef Jeremy Blutstein doesn’t skimp on flavor

Showfish Debuts In Montauk




Gurney’s Star Island. Independent/Sarah Kuszelewicz Weddings shkweddings.com

Gurney’s has a new dining spot, and it’s sure to be a hit this summer. Right before the start of Memorial Day weekend, The Independent headed out to Montauk for a press dinner to experience Showfish. It’s the latest dining endeavor from Gurney’s Resorts. Located at Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina, overlooking Lake Montauk, Showfish is destined to be a star.

The hyper-local, seasonally-focused menu is created by Chef Jeremy Blutstein, the former chef de cuisine at Almond in Bridgehampton.

Showfish has created a fine-yet-engaging eatery with a massive lobster tank, nine-foot seafood display, and a “vegetable butchery” highlighting produce sourced from local farms. Ingredients that come from the East End’s bounty include seafood caught daily, brought to its docks by local fishermen. Guests can even select and tag their catch for dinner. Impressive!

The menu offered crudo options to start. I tried the fluke crudo with cucumber, horseradish, and almonds while my guest went with the tuna crudo prepped with preserved lemon, capers, and rye crumble. The display was impeccable and delicious.

The warm carrot salad should have been named the hot carrot salad based on where it might fall on the Scoville scale; it was topped with a harissa tahini that just won’t quit. The pomegranate molasses and smoked ricotta salata complimented the dish nicely.

The grilled octopus with crushed potatoes and lamb bacon was also a special dish. If there’s one thing that Blutstein doesn’t shy away from, it’s flavor. And the risks taken pays off with wonderfully creative dishs.

Entrees included options like the roasted chicken, seared scallops, and tilefish. And for dessert, it was tres leches and a rhubarb tart. All wonderful options.

Head to Showfish by yacht, foot, or anything in between as this restaurant is sure to be a “must visit” this summer.

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