Throw a stone in Syracuse and you will likely hit someone who can share a story about salt—so when I sat down for a meal at Eleven Waters, with a plate of salt potatoes (a signature Syracuse dish), I could not help being excited. Marbled fingerlings marinated in a kriemhild butter and sautéed in rosemary and artisanal salt—this local delicacy was just the beginning of a culinary night to remember.
The seasonal menu strives to highlight the local agriculture and serves up three meals a day to hungry hotel guests and Syracuse locals.
For breakfast a gourmet continental breakfast is provided with a complimentary add-on of an omelette or waffles.
The dinner menu specializes in French cuisine made fresh daily by executive chef, Tom Kiernan. The features include items such as Salt Potatoes (probably my favourite dish), New York Cheddar Popovers, Smoked Mozzarella Meatballs, Sausage Cavatelli (with Utica Greens), Pan Roasted Faroe Island Salmon (with Cauliflower Puree), and Lamoreaux Merlot Braised Short Ribs.
It would be a shame not to mention the house-made butter; churned with local dairy this creamy delicacy is coupled with toasted French bread crostini’s. They always say you can tell the restaurants food by the bread and butter served; this bistro had me wanting to pack it up and take it home.
All dishes come with a suggested pairing of a Finger Lake wine, most notable being, Ravines Maritage 2012 and Lamoreaux Landing Cabernet Franc 2012 (from a Seneca Lake winery).
This contemporary space is located on the ground floor of the hotel and operates as a separate entity within the property. Given that the hotel lobby is located on the second floor, this French bistro-themed restaurant has a distinctive vibe independent of the historic atmosphere of the hotel. The modern elegance, with its clean lines and simplistic décor also features a stunning patio that is open during the summer months, complete with a red brick fireplace adding to a cozy sophisticated feel.
Only steps away from Armoury Square, if one were looking to tickle their taste buds before a night on the town, Eleven Waters would be the place to go.