Restaurant in Sarasota
Sands Pointe is The Longboat Key Club’s fine dining restaurant overlooking the pool and Ocean.
This is a high-end restaurant open for guests and club members with unobtrusive live music playing in the background. They have a nice little bar if you just fancy a drink before your meal and the atmosphere is quite different when the sun has gone down in the evening with subdued lighting.
Three of us enjoyed a relaxed Saturday evening dinner watching the sun set over the Gulf and wedding guests enjoying a barbeque outside following a beach wedding. We loved the large tables, giving us plenty of room and you don’t feel as if you are sitting right on top of other people.
Chef Aaron Chavarria had only been working here for 4 months, having come from the Regency Hyatt but his influence has already been felt. He sources the food from local farms and has put together seasonally inspired menus with a Continental twist.
We were presented as an opener with a beautiful selection of four of the most tasty small appetizers including a Scallop, Tuna Tartar, mini Kobe Beef Tartar and mini Trio Fromage Flatbread. It then made it a little easier in trying to make our choice for dinner!
I went for the Seared Crab Cakes over avocado yogurt, which was delicious (I am a real sucker for crab cakes). We already had some Flatbread on the table for all of us. The other two choices were Bluefin Tuna Involtini and a Panache of Local Greens. Two of us then went for the Kobe Steak and egg, which was a 10 oz. grilled steak, topped with a fried duck egg served over a Gorgonzola sunchoke purée with horseradish croquette, onion marmalade and local watercress salad – it was succulent and delicious! Another interesting choice was the wild caught Alaskan Halibut poached in citrus and extra virgin olive oil, served with Cedar Key clams, however the Truffle Popcorn Scallops won out accompanied by steamed asparagus and garnished with crispy fried shallots.
Starters range from $9 - $12 whilst smaller second plates range from $15 - $21 and entrées and seafood from $18 - $55.
There is a nice selection of wine by the glass averaging $10-$12. We had a fabulous 2007 Raw Eleven Pinot Noir. Bottles on the very extensive wine menu start at around $30 and go up to the $200 mark with wines from California, France, South Africa, Italy and Spain. They even had my favourite Chardonnay, a 2007 Kendall Jackson Reserve at reasonable $33 for a bottle.
The desserts at Sands Pointe are just so tempting (see photo below) and I went for the seasonal berry crumble, which I so did not need after that steak, but it was delicious!
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Evenings only|
|Dietary Requirements Accommodated||Yes|
|Clientele||Members, hotel guests and locals|
|Restaurant good for||Families with children , Romance , Bar scene , Meeting up with friends, Local cuisine , Outdoor seating|
|Cost per head||High|
|Dress Code||Formal, Casual, Smart Casual|
|Dining Options||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Up-market, dimly lit and romantic in the evening. You can’t beat the view over the Gulf!
Last updated on 21-03-2012