251 Lex is a new addition to the Mt. Kisco dining scene and is not just a restaurant , it is a true dining experience. The menu is Mediterranean and is an eclectic blend or local and seasonal ingredients that are blended into creative dishes. The mixing of ingredients is a constant adventure which showcases the chef’s creative talents. The menu changes daily depending on the the availability of ingredients.
The restaurant is housed in a two story Victorian age house that has had its interior totally transformed with an urban modern motif, and use of expansive windows (first floor), subdued lighting, repurposed wood floors, Edison bulbs, and a interesting curved bar with a copper top. The larger upstairs dining room has a bit more formal feel with its barrel ceiling , dark wood floors and tables with white linens. The restaurant is only 5 months old but already has fans with many local diners.
The menu offers a 5 course tasting menu for $49 and I decided to try this so that I could sample the many specialties the chef has to offer. The first course began with trio of fresh fish
consisting of house cured salmon tartare with red onion and tsatziki, along with yellowfin hamachi in a cashew vinagarette and scallops with sumac.
I then sampled the roasted beet salad with sesame hummus, cucumber, feta cheese, duck prosciutto in a red wine vinegarette. The course was light and refreshing considering the combination of interesting ingredients blended together to create a unique taste.
I was then brought the house made goat cheese with candied grapefruit and filo slivers. An unusual paring that made for a beautiful presentation and a delight to the senses.
Another delicious selection was the apple puree soup with roasted mushroom, scallions and sumac in a creamy but light yogurt base. I absolutely loved the blending of these ingredients to produce a crisp pure taste.
My favorite Mediterranean dish was the Spanish grilled octopus which was expertly prepared and a staple of the menu as I was informed. The octopus was had a light crispness to the outside and was soft and tender inside and served in a light vinagarette with fresh lemon, with Israeli couscous on the side. Absolute perfection for the seafood lover.
The last main course was a poached halibut with pressed herbs in a olive oil and white wine sauce and served with carrot confit. The fish was hand selected that day from a local source and like all the seafood, it is fresh and delicious.
My tasting ended with a flour less gluten free chocolate cake with cinnamon gelato. What a nice and refreshing way to end the meal and cleanse the palate.
Service at the restaurant was top notch with water glasses filled, courses brought promptly and the waiter explaining each dish and answering my questions. There are specials everyday as well as wine pairings available. Brunch is served on Sunday and lunch other days of the week. With the arrival of warm weather, 251 Lex will be expanding its seating to an outside patio.
251 Lex is a truly amazing culinary journey for your taste buds. It is not just dinner it is a dining experience. Reservations are recommended
251 Lexington Avenue Mt Kisco, New York . 914-218-8156
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