The atmospheric, European-style grand café Somerset has added new seasonal lunch items to their menu. It’s a concentrated set of luxury lunches, familiar but gourmet, in a pleasingly vintage-modern interior, their patio breezy and vibrant. Executive Chef Lauren Herman left me near-speechless with her summertime delights. Here’s a look at some of the most sensational new dishes:
Burrata Salad: The perfect appetizer. Served with dressed mustard greens, perfectly grilled asparagus, and a healthy portion of prosciutto, the burrata salad offers a versatile start to your meal. The cheese is delicate and melts softly in your mouth, while the sprinkled pine-nut “bread crumbs” offer a satisfying crunch.
Cheese Assortment: If you love cheese, then don’t miss Somerset’s cheese assortment. Garnished with seasonal delicacies such as tomato jam and honeyed apricots, Somerset currently serves Stepladder Creamery’s Rioly Run, Nettle Meadow’s Three Sisters, and Sequatchie Cove Creamery’s Shakerag Blue. This is the perfect dish to share.
Somerset Burger: Somerset’s new burger uses delicate ground beef and is topped with flavorful bacon, grilled red onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. Sound stereotypical? Not when you taste the aioli. Packed with deep notes of garlic, this must be one of the best spreads in the West, leaving a zing in your mouth and making you crave more. Served with crispy, homemade potato chips, the Somerset burger is a great summer entree and pairs excellently with the Naked and Famous mezcal cocktail.
Strawberry Vacherin: This dessert combines strawberry sorbet and malted vanilla ice cream in the delectable style of ice-cream cake. Crusted with meringue and topped with fresh strawberries, this is a great end to an even greater meal.
Somerset is at 7 E. Anapamu St. For more information, call 845-7112 or visit somersetsb.com.