We visited La Panetiere in Rye for lunch today. For lunch or dinner, this remains one of the finest restaurants in the region. Beautifully decorated with exceptional service, La Panetiere is a simply delightful experience. Located close to the Connecticut border in Rye, just off Exit 19 on I95 (Playland Parkway) this restaurant is nestled in a large French country house, easily accessible from both Connecticut and Westchester.
For lunch you can have a wide variety of selections, but the best deal is their marvelous $30 prix fixe 3 course meal: appetizer, main course and dessert, each marvelously prepared. The appetizers yesterday were Field Salad, Tricolor Gazpacho, Cheese Souffle, or Salmon Gravlax. The Main courses were Skatefish, Snapper, Beef mignonettes, and Chicken Breast. And the desserts were Hot Dark Chocolate Fondant, Variegated Vacherin and lady fingers, Baba in rum-passion fruit syrup, and a selection of sorbets and ice creams in a tuile basket.
You really can’t do better anywhere!
For our lunch, we ordered the Cote Cheese Souffle which was a soft patty of soufflé served with a green pea coulis, topped bits of bacon and tomato. It was warm, smooth and very flavorful with the bits of pork on top. Very imaginative and beautifully prepared.
Our other appetizer was Salmon Gravlax, served with shaved vegetables, quince ginger dressing, key lime cream and several pieces of Madeline cornbread. Each was an excellent complement to the others and the overall effect was terrific.
One of our main courses was Mignonettes of Beef, served with béarnaise sauce, cream spinach (separate dish not in the picture) and Potatoes pont neuf, a kind of French fries. The beef was tender and delicate, the béarnaise creamy smooth and decorated with chives, the potatoes hot and tasty and the spinach excellent.
The other main course was Grilled Breast of Amish Chicken, with quinoa tabouleh and a port wine sauce. The chicken was tender and the sauce rich and flavorful. But the minced vegetables mixed into the quinoa made this dish a real winner.
We both succumbed to the same dessert: Hot Dark Chocolate Fondant with a hot flowing caramel core, served with a raspberry emulsion. This is sort of a caramel variation on a lava cake and was truly delicious.
Our meal with 3 glass of wine, 2 cups of tea and tax was on $120. Only our waistlines keep us from coming back more often to this Westchester gem, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.