One of Jeff and my favorite restaurants is the Belfry Bistro. It is located on the first floor of what is known as the Belfry Inne. It was originally a church called The Abbey, the third Catholic Church in Sandwich, built in 1900. The interior is beautiful, not to mention the 6 bedrooms located on the second floor.
Jeff and I found this restaurant in 2003 when we celebrate Thanksgiving there. It was a quiet year and we didn't have any guests for the holiday. We decided we would eat dinner out and it was the best decision we ever made. We have stayed in the Abbey Rooms located on the second floor, along with enjoying many dinners with family and friends over the years. We have also celebrated life's milestones - namely my 50th.
As Valentine's Day was getting closer, I wanted to go somewhere romantic. We were going to celebrate our anniversary there in January, but they were closed for the month. I couldn't think of a better place than the Belfry Inn. It has great memories and amazing food. We were able to book a table for one of the earlier sittings which was fine since the Belfry is an hour from our house.
We arrived a bit early and were able to be seated immediately. We enjoyed a glass of wine before we started with an appetizer of fresh ricotta with herbs and olive oil toasts. Before it arrived, they served a tasting of warmed sunchoke puree. I didn't know what a sunchoke was, but after investigating, it is an edible tuber, much like a potato and tastes like a cross between an artichoke and a potato. It was delicious. It's tough to describe the taste, but it was creamy with a slight nuttiness.
The fresh ricotta arrived and it was light and creamy, perfect with the toast. We ordered our meals and after a bit of discussion, I ordered the Confit of Maine Cod with Baby Artichoke, Lemon Oil and Pine Nuts and Jeff ordered the Pekin Duck with Persimmon, Bok Choy and Kumquat. I was surprised when the Confit arrived, it was a beautifully flaked fish which was decorated in what looked like a rose. The fish was delicious. Probably the best fish I have ever eaten and I liked the fact that it wasn't loaded with any starches. You tasted the fish with the artichokes. Jeff's duck was equally as good. The meat was succulant, almost like a steak. I don't think we could have asked for a better dining experience.
Since Jeff let me pick the dessert, I decided to be selfish and ordered my favorite...anything chocolate. We decided to split the chocolate tart which was served with salted caramel and a milk sorbet. A perfect end to a perfect evening.
If you are looking for a romantic place for dinner or maybe dinner and an evening away, check out the Belfry Inne and Bistro. Located in Sandwich, MA - it allows you to explore Cape Cod and experience a setting like no other.
Belfry Inne and Bistro, 6 Jarves Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
Written by Tricia White