Boston-area food lovers, listen up! You need to make a road trip or a ferry trip up to Truro this summer to experience eat @Adrian’s, the Cape Cod summer home to Boston’s Eat and chef in residence, Will Gilson, formerly of Garden at the Cellar.
Adrian’s is light, open, and beachy, with nice little touches like fresh rosemary plants and candles in jars of sand on the tables. There are, of course, Eat stamps everywhere. We decided to listen to the message and went for it.
Creative, handcrafted cocktails started off the evening. I went for the Beyond the Garden, a refreshing blend of Champagne, Hendrick’s, rosemary simple syrup, and lemon. It had a very clean, crisp, herbaceous flavor to it.
After initially being a little skeptical about fish charcuterie, we decided that we had to have it. It was an excellent decision; the fish charcuterie is as delicious as it is innovative. Bluefish pate, pickled sunchoke, calamari and halibut bratwurst, yellowfin, and melt in your mouth beet cured scallops were served with pumpernickel and plain bread chips and Dijon mustard. Everything was so flavorful. The pate was especially rich and addictive.
The use of edible flowers and herbs to decorate the board, alongside the colors of the food made it truly edible art.
We also shared bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and hazelnuts, sweet little bites full of creamy goat cheese with a surprise hazelnut crunch at the very end.
I didn’t try the clam chowder, but it looked like a meal in itself. I DID have a few bites of the frisee salad which was topped with a perfectly poached egg.
We were pretty full by the time our entrees arrived, but I still ate as much of my chicken as I could. It was perfectly moist and tender, surrounded by confit potatoes, spring onion, and rapini, served with a smoky tomato-y paste on the plate.
We couldn’t get over just how good every single bite was. If only we had saved room for dessert. . .
The service at Eat @ Adrian’s was also great, maybe a little too much hovering, but the restaurant was not yet crowded. I have a feeling it will be soon. . .
We followed this amazing dinner a couple hours later with cocktails and dessert at the new Ten Tables in Provincetown, also amazing, an adorable, beautiful space, a great cocktail list, and a chocolate terrine with Thai basil ice cream that was to die for.
Truro and Provincetown are definitely dining destinations. And with all of that natural beauty who needs a reason to visit?
Do you have a favorite vacation restaurant?