Island Café offers a new flair and flavors with the age-old philosophy of quality and care. Recently remodeled and redecorated, Island Café now has fewer tables, new lighting and a new prix-fixe specialty menu inspired by cruise ships.
The classic French-style entrées for which Island Café is renowned, still remain tastefully intact, but as owner Bill Baumler explained, Chef Fred Braun is exploring new possibilities within the culinary world. With a prix-fixe menu for $25 and several choice items available for every course, the opportunity for culinary exploration becomes easy and fun.
The cruise ship-style menu has lovely starters which include Portobella Mushroom Crustade and the Roma Tomato Salad, with red onion, gorgonzola, basil, oil and balsamic reduction, plus Duck Liver Pate for $8.25 and the Classic Onion Soup for $7. For French traditionalists, there is also escargot.
Entree options run the gamut from filet mignon to roast rack of lamb. All are prepared with exquisite care.
Desserts are sinfully rich. The frozen banana glacée with caramelized banana is perfect with an after-dinner coffee — this banana-theme treat offers a nutlike goodness, with a rich and creamy ice-cream quality that must be tried.
Island Café is open summer evenings Tuesday through Saturday, and Monday through Saturday in the winter season. Diners are welcomed from 5:30 p.m., but as this is a dining experience that is better savored than rushed, the latest reservations are requested by 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call (239) 394-7578.