I’ve heard people travel from all over WNY to enjoy dinner at this southtowns Gem on Seneca in Elma. This was my first time visiting, and I was overcome with curiosity about what could be inside this small white cottage that everyone loves so much – besides the Lavender Blueberry Lemondrop Martini.
We entered to find an eclectic dining room and bar area. The small yet comfortable space provides a casual, inviting ambiance. Our friendly server greeted us immediately with waters and daily specials. They all sounded great. Throughout the evening, our server was cool, calm and collected, like she had been at this since day one. She was excellent.
To start we ordered Ahi Tuna (8 oz.) – seared rare and sliced, finished with wasabi soy sauce, $16. The tuna was perfect, the sauce delicious. We also tried the bruschetta special – with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fig balsamic reduction, $8. We enjoyed the non-traditional preperation of the added melted mozzarella.
Other options include their signature appetizer, Santa Fe Spring Roll, two hand-rolled with a blend of chicken, black beans, roasted corn, pepper jack cheese and pico de gallo with chipotle ranch, $7. Plus, I’ve heard the Panko Crusted Banana Pepper is outstanding, stuffed with a blend of imported cheeses & bacon, served over vodka cream sauce $7. Blue Lantern offers six different salads in both small ($7) and large ($12) sizes, including a Beet Salad, Steak Salad, and Asian Crispy Chicken.
The Main Event
For a main course (yes, we were already quite full) I tried the Lobster Cakes, house-made and accompanied with smoked swiss-caramelized onion risotto and grilled asparagus, finished with citrus red pepper aioli & cilantro oil ($23). The cakes were good, crispy on the outside and plenty of scrumptious lobster meat throughout. The risotto was on the cheesy side, which made it extremely rich and flavorful. Smoked swiss has that effect. I loved the red pepper aioli.
My companion ordered the Ribeye Steak, an 11oz boneless ribeye steak, atop loaded mashed potatoes and a choice of vegetable, with a mushroom demi-glaze, $29. The steak was huge, the mashed potatoes fully loaded. The demo-glaze was nice, and a fine compliment to the flawlessly cooked steak.
Menu Items Missed
- Parmasean Meatloaf – signature meatloaf topped with House-made marinara and mozzarella cheese served over rotini, $18.
- Thai Poached Butterfish – Tender butterfish poached in a spiced Thai broth with julienne vegetables on a bed of tomato cous cous, $24.
- Signature Black Angus Burgers – 12 oz House made burger on a toasted sesame bun with potato sidewinders or onion rings, $15. Order Bob, Blue, Smokey or Standby.
Fully aware that we could not come to Blue Lantern and defer the extensive drink menus, we dove in. Not exactly in the mood for a sugary martini, I opted for the moscow mule in a copper cup (down payment of $30 returned to you after you return the cup – make sure to look at your receipt!). The drink was delicious, just as I’d expected. We also had a couple beers off of their specials list bursting with Southern Tier, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Dogfish, Rusy Chain, Samuel Smith and a few other well knowns. The usual domestics are offered as well. They have a nice wine list, not exceptionally extensive but long enough to easily find something you’ll like. Their real pride and joy is the Martini list, which they change several times a year and is not limited to what you see on the physical menu. They challenge you to let them know what you like and they’ll “shake it up”. I believe the martinis are somewhere around $9 each. If you’re in the mood to get crazy, try the Jagertini, Pink Lady, Honey Bee, Caramel Apple or Italian Wedding Cake – to name a few. The list goes on and on. They do use flavored vodkas, line the rims with fun flavors and often finish off with fresh garnishes.
We had absolutely no room for dessert but the Blueberry Crumble Pie and the Salty Caramel Creme Brûlée, $6, both sound pretty darn good. If they do desserts like dinner, I’d bet on a big serving filled with flavor.
Overall, we appreciated our night out at the Blue Lantern. The service was excellent and the evening was relaxing and fun. They are serving nice dishes at a decent price to go along with their vast list of specialty drinks. We’ll drink to that! Head out to Elma. I’ll bet you’ll go back again.
Blue Lantern Lounge Details
SOB LISTING | 6120 Seneca Street, Elma NY 14059 | (716) 652-2583
Tues – Thurs: 5-9pm, Fri & Sat:5-10pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
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