Montauk Seafood Grill
549 East Lionshead Circle, Lionshead
The menu features more than 300 ever-changing varieties of white, red, pink and sparkling wines, a dozen aged scotches, bottled beer from England, Holland and Mexico and a handful of pints on tap, including a German pilsner and Guiness Stout.
Though there are steaks and more to be had at the high-energy restaurant, Montauk is synonymous with fresh fish. The majority of the restaurant’s seafood comes from Hawaii, where local fishermen throw their catches immediately into large zipper bags and pedal them by bicycle from the docks. They are on platters in Vail two days later.
The seared rare Hawaiian ahi, on the menu since Montauk’s inception 17 years ago. It comes drizzled with a ginger sauce containing 38 ingredients. The Alaskan king crab is served, like all of Montauk’s grilled selections, with Yukon seasoned potatoes and fresh vegetables.
When a sweet tooth nags at the end of a meal, dive into the sand pie. Vanilla ice cream is whipped with chocolate chips, cut onto a slab of dense, buttery graham cracker and topped with Giradelli chocolate, caramel and toasted almonds.
Montauk’s got fruity flare. The crab cakes come with fresh berries, the mussels are served with a hint of lavender and even the butter for the bread is flavored with traces of guava and passion fruit.