Every Saturday night, M. and I head into town for date night; more specifically, dinner and a movie. It was M.’s idea to start a new tradition, specially during the winter season when we have time to support local businesses. It’s also a great way to try dishes chefs are testing out before the crowds start gathering in May until October.
The Harborview Hotel has some amazing memories for us, since it was where we got married. Tucked in the lobby of the hotel, we had a lovely ceremony with about 10 close friends. Actually, our first meal as a married couple was room service of Sriracha Wings and Truffle Mac & Cheese that came from Henry’s Bar. It’s the go-to spot if you’re craving warm chocolate chip cookies (seriously, straight from the oven) as well as a good Gin & Tonic. We ventured into Edgartown and grab a seat at one of the comfy tables of the bar, ready to indulge in good food, great company, and amazing service! It was around 6pm, so we had a chance to taste a few items from their happy hour (every day from 4 to 7pm), which are detailed below.
Smoked Deviled Eggs – these were stuffed to the bring with a fluffy mixture of the yolk and spices; slight briny and smoky taste, finished off with sea salt.
Cheese and Charcuterie Platter – the menu has these separate but we wanted to try both, so we asked the chef for a little bit of each on the plate. What came to us was one of the most gorgeous platters ever. On the dish: Good Farm Chicken Liver Mousse (local farm); blue cheese; brie; coppa; prosciutto; manchego; some kind of seafood pate with olive oil; a savory aspic, an herbed butter, plus two kinds of crostinis. If you love to nosh, this is what you need to get!
Waygu Sliders – these are part of the happy hour menu, at $4/each and oh are they worth it! The sweet, soft sesame bun cuddles the juicy slider slathered with onion jam. We only ordered two, wished we had ordered 20!
Sriracha Wings – Spicy, crispy, juicy; everything you’ve ever wanted in a wing! I ordered four and M couldn’t believe it. Apparently you’re supposed to order wings by the dozen. My bad. Next time, I’m ready to eat a few dozen of these. Happy Hour menu item, they’re 75 cents each!
Chocolate Torte with Mission Fig Ice Cream, Hazelnut Crunch, and Balsamic Syrup – best combination ever! The torte was dense and moist, lending a slight chocolate bitterness to the sweet, creamy ice cream. You’d swipe your spoon across the plate to grab some of the balsamic syrup and your tongue tingled in delight!
Warm Poached Pear in Sauterne, Toasted Pistachios, Filled with Vanilla Mascarpone – the perfect winter time dessert. Pears are perfectly cooked, with enough bite and the sauterne paired lovely with the tart pear.
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce – you get the best of both worlds on a plate; the warm cake satifies that winter chill in your bones, while the tart passion fruit syrup wakes up your senses and reminds you that summer is near.
About the Chef: “Executive Chef Shaun Brian Sells of Martha’s Vineyard’s historic Harbor View Hotel has been named to Zagat’s “Top 30 Under 30” list, recognized as a stand-out contributor to the greater Boston food scene. Known for combining classic New England cuisine with a modern twist, Chef Sells, who hails from St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has brought great acclaim to the hotel.” – Martha’s Vineyard Patch