Ella’s Fine Food & Drink
Taylor Swift, Bobby Flay, Lorde, Phantom Gourmet and Ron’s Food Trips share one thing in common. We all surrendered our palate to Chef Jeanie Roland, a culinary extraordinaire who’s passionate about concocting magical creations using the freshest ingredients and locally derived meat and seafood.
Her restaurant – Ella’s Fine Food and Drink in Westerly Rhode Island redefines culinary splendor that could rival top restaurants in NYC, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
The floor to ceiling windows, contemporary drapes, tea lights and vibrant paintings accentuate the casual-elegance of the dining area. It is located at a bustling Rte. 1 intersection of downtown Westerly, but you would be surprised how it mutes the outside noise.
The menu is ambitious, imaginative and reflective of international influence. Translation… “I’m in food heaven.”
I ordered her award-winning signature dish, Thai curry mussels with duck-fat frites for my appetizer. If you haven’t heard it yet, Chef Jeanie beats Bobby Flay on his own show “Beat Bobby Flay”, judged by Robert Irvine and Katie Lee.
It was delicious. The “kaffir” aroma alone made me happy. It captured the essence of Thai cuisine; savory aroma and multitude of flavors, temperatures and textures in one simple dish. It was so good that I asked to pack the leftover red curry sauce to go.
For my entrée, I ordered a simple yet very tasty pasta dish called “summer cappellini.” Frankly, I wasn’t planning on ordering it, but I was blown away by our waiter. I think his name was Tom. He recited the ingredients and preparation of their specials (there’s about 10) without a cheat sheet. I was caught off guard when he asked me for my order, and I mumbled “that pasta.”
KUDOS to Ella’s Fine Food’s amazing staff! It was a very busy night and yet they were all in high-spirits. All the food that came out of that kitchen looked marvelous causing curiosity and lingering eyes among the diners. Translation… “rubbernecking.”
Raise a toast to these tasty and elegant cocktails that will surely spice up the mood and add a touch of glamour to a night of unwinding.
These creative and mouthwatering ethnic starters are winners! The aroma alone will stimulate your appetite that even the less adventurous palates would be tempted to dig in.
Choose from a wide variety of culinary delights that will suit your palate and tantalize your senses.
Save room! You don’t want to miss these made from scratch heavenly treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
For the top-notch food you’re getting, the prices are surprisingly affordable. But my favorite part was when Chef Jeanie managed to introduce herself, answer questions and share her culinary journey in such “high-octane” energy, puts the Energizer bunny to shame. It was very impressive.
I’m so happy to have found a restaurant that serves every dish to perfection, and use passion and pride as their key ingredients. Cheers Ella’s Fine Food!