We know, we know, it’s been a while since our last review, but while we’ve been focusing on cutting back the cals and subsequent lbs, an amazing new restaurant opened up that we HAD to get back in the game for, and STAT. That restaurant is Jesup Hall in Westport, and the reason it was a must-review is because of three words: Chef Fu&$ing Bill Taibe. Ok, that’s four words, but the colorful adjective was necessary for such an iconic and amazing chef in these here parts.
So, way back in October 2015 when we talked to him at The Whelk during a special oysters, sherry, and pork dinner, he was excited about the idea of expansion after the closing of leFarm. And with noted Chef Dan Sabia who comes from Campagna (in Bedford) and Bedford Post Inn on board, his hopes of starting something new took flight in Jesup Hall, located at the old town hall where you can also find Rothbard Ale + Larder off to the side. Continue reading
When you’re asked where you want to go out to dinner for your birthday, how do you pick? Do you go for that fancy schmancy place you’ve been waiting for a special occasion to go to, or your favorite spot you know is going to be amazing, or the hot new restaurant you’ve been dying to try? It’s a tough call…I mean, you only get that choice once a year.
Well, when Danny’s birthday came around he didn’t even need to think twice (or once really) as he blurted out Kawa Ni within seconds of asking. See, years ago (before the blog) we spent his birthday at Chef Bill Taibe’s restaurant, LeFarm, and had an astounding meal that featured bacon in every dish. Danny knew going with Bill again along with his brother Jeff would be a sure bet at their new Izakaya pub with Pan-Asian influences. And (spoiler alert) it SOOOOO was!
Kawa Ni is located in a somewhat unsuspecting spot, tucked away in the corner of Bridge Square in Westport. It’s small but lively when you walk in, with the bar at the back left and a decent amount of seats throughout for such a cozy spot. The decor is tasteful…not that stereotypically tacky and kitchsy Japanese decor you might expect, but it definitely says modern Japanese food is served here. One random but awesome thing about the restaurant itself to mention in the blog post? Yeah, the bathrooms have the mega-toilet 3,000 or something like that with seat warmers, a bidet, dryer and more buttons that we were too scared to press. As we got comfy in our seats, we occasionally heard the bang of the gong and Bartender and Beverage Director, Jeff Marron, enthusiastically shout out something in Japanese. But more on that in a minute…
(Pictures from http://lepenguinbistro.com)
Alan Richman, writer for GQ and 14 time James Beard winner for journalism, is no stranger to Connecticut and what our restaurants have to offer. Last year he named the Green-Goddess Deviled Eggs at the Whelk as one of the “The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now“ and put it on his 10 Trophy Dishes of 2013. And, this March, he has released a new list that features another Connecticut restaurant: “The Perfect Night Out: GQ’s 25 Best New Restaurants in America, 2014.”
The list (scroll down) takes you through a to-eat list of places throughout the country and there, right at #17, is Le Penguin in Greenwich. While this restaurant might be new, the location isn’t new at all…it’s where the famed Jean Louis used to be. And, if Richman’s praise is any indication, Le Penguin should be around for quite a while. Here’s some of what he said about this new hot spot:
Congratulations to Elm and Chef Lewis, announced from their FB page!
Well, that pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? In their 28th year (here are this year’s results) of seeking out the hottest and best new restaurants all across America, Esquire is out with their latest list that has Elm in New Canaan on the list. To those who have dined here, they’d probably say that this is no surprise. Chef and owner Brian Lewis has been featured in countless articles and reviews, praising his style and his love of all things local and seasonal. His gig before Elm was cooking up a storm at Richard Gere’s The Farmhouse at Bedford Post.
As for options eating here, there are so many to pick from: dinner, chef’s tasting, bar dining (snacks), Sunday brunch, and even Sunday supper. Perhaps one of the coolest things to do here is go with Chef Lewis on a journey to the farm through his tasting menu. For $45 you’ll get three courses, paired beautifully for you. If you have more of an appetite or feel a bit more daring, check out five courses for $75. Now, this is great, but even more exciting (at least to us, we’re in serious awe of talented chefs) is the Chef’s Tasting Counter. Saddle on up and enjoy each bite of your tasting menu while you watch all the action go down in the kitchen. Yes, you’ll see your dishes cooked and prepared right before your hungry little eyes.