Mill Street in Greenwich, CT- December Challenge 3 of 17, Oyster Three Ways

This is my writing challenge 3 of 17: writing a post a day until I leave for vacation on the 21st. Let me begin by telling you that this was a decadent and sinful enjoyment. It was a survey of the Mill Street Bar & Table’s best, i.e., seafood. I went with someone who knew the restaurant well and was lucky enough to benefit from his prior experiences. Thank you, Mustafa Mansour.

I am very tempted to let the photos and the descriptions of the dish stand by themselves on this post, especially the oysters. Oysters are a slice of heaven, reminding me of what could be and what I should strive for. We had them three ways: raw, fried, and grilled.
ICED OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL:Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce, Lemon Stella Mar, Greenwich, CT • Island Creek, Duxbury, MA • Basket Island, Casco Bay, ME • Lucky Limes, PEI, New Brunswick, CAN • Tisbury Pond, Martha’s Vineyard. This by far is the best way to eat the oysters. You get to enjoy the rawness of the oysters, experiencing the salinity, the cleanliness, and the texture of the oysters. I love the way the oyster go down when you slurp it up. The smooth and the slimy. Yes, there was also a discussion on how oysters are being farmed in the east coast of the US.
FRIED STELLA MAR OYSTERS: Kimchi Mayo, Lemon. The fried oysters here surprised me. They were much better than expected. The batter was thin and tasty. The whole ensemble was excellent.  GRILLED STELLA MAR OYSTERS: White Wine, Butter, Thyme. This was good but in comparison to the raw and the fried, it would be my third favorite way to eat the oysters.
BAKED CLAMS Spicy Peppers, Butter. Baked clams are more superior than the grilled oysters since they are more meaty and you can retain more of the sea when baked.
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER: Pine Nut Butter, Capers, Lemon. I loved this. I am a fan of cauliflower and roasted foods. The burn with the acidity of the lemon made me very happy.   Thin-Crust Flatbread: Potato, Crispy Pork Belly, Caramelized Onions, Crème Fraiche. This sounded like an intriguing proposition – crispy pork belly with Crème Fraiche but it was the worst combination imaginable. The flavors were fighting against each other as was the texture. The potatoes were lame on top of the flatbread. This dish fell very flat and most was left uneaten.
CRISPY SWEET POTATOES: Black Garlic Aioli, Herb Salsa. This came highly recommended and was my friend’s favorite dish at Mill Street. The black garlic aioli apparently makes the dish. Unfortunately, I couldn’t appreciate it at all due to my bias towards sweet potatoes.  CHOCOLATE CAKE: Cookie Crumb & Milk Ice Cream. This was a complete flap for me. I took two bites. Pedestrian at best.
ETON MESS: Passion Cream, Granola, Muddled Berries, Meringue. I didn’t know what Eton Mess was and Mustafa kindly explained it to me. His verbal description painted a picture that the actual dish couldn’t beat unfortunately. The visual of the dessert is beautiful though.

I would say that the Mill Street’s oysters rival with that of the Elm Street Oyster House. Both restaurants are in Greenwich, CT. I would definitely return to both. My experience here was delightful.

But… for the die-hard oyster fans, my favorite way to eat oysters is on the bar stool at La Boîte Huitres in the Jean-Talon Market in Montreal where there are numerous varieties from the east and west coasts of North America and Galway of Ireland. Try that next – They have a great selection.  You will love it. #Oysters

This experience took place at

Mill Street Bar & Table
230 Mill Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 813-3323

Centro in Greenwich, CT- European Thin Crust Pizza Wins

In ten days, I am leaving for Taiwan. I am going to claim the other half of me for a month. I hope to have inspiration and excitement to post engaging experiences from the other side of the globe. In the meantime, I need to finish writing the 16 posts that I have in the queue in a short and possibly boring manner…

I went to Centro in Greenwich, CT with a lot of work friends, including agency partners. Overall, the food is better than expected and above average. The appetizers, mainly their European thin crust pizza, are so much better than their entrée. So order the pizza when you are there!

Rigatoni alla Vodka: Prosciutto, peas, tomato cream sauce, crunchy bread crumbs.

Balsamic Mustard Glazed Salmon: Over spinach risotto.

Shrimp Splendido: Sautéed with tomatoes, basil, capers & garlic tossed with homemade spaghetti, topped with crumbled feta cheese.

Mixed Grill: Shrimp, chicken, Italian sausage, garlic scallion butter, roasted potatoes.

Grilled Skirt Steak: Chimichurri with roasted fennel mashed potatoes. Guess whose dish this is? Too greasy.  My original steak was not medium but well done.  In fact, they made a mistake in taking our large group order and someone (thank you, Jen!) gave me her “rare” steak that is just the right medium.

The restaurant is next to a stream with water flowing down a wall and over rocks. The patio overlooking the water feature was a selling point. The cocktail list was cute. Pizza was good. Should return.

This experience took place at

328 Pemberwick Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
(203) 531-5514

Méli-Mélo of Greenwich, CT – Ranking of the Crêperies and Organic Buckwheat!

Méli-Mélo of Greenwich CT is a #crêperie and a juice Bar. It’s hugely popular during the weekend since it’s a family favorite. The crêpes at Méli-Mélo are pretty awesome even if they are made with organic buckwheat. This French eatery is casual, modern, very health conscientious and provides many vegetarian options. I was there a few times in the past and had always enjoyed it. This time I had breakfast (crêpes)/lunch (sandwich and soup) for dinner.

If you are curious about my other crêperie experiences, here is a quick run down and rank, (Méli-Mélo is number 3).  See how I favor the crêperies in the French region?

  1. La Crêpe 2Go in Montreal, Canada
  2. Crêperie NYC in Manhattan, NY
  3. Méli-Mélo of Greenwich, CT
  4. juliette & chocolat in Montreal, Canada
  5. Little Crêpe Street and Little Mumbai Market in Pleasantville, NY
  6. Little Crêpe Street in Mount Kisco, NY

FROMAGE DE CHEVRE ET SALADE AUX NOIX , (VEGETARIAN): Goat cheese, mesclun salad, dressing and walnuts. The goat cheese, dressing and walnut on top of the buckwheat crêpe tasted refreshing, although I find the mesclun on crêpe to be a weird experience.

Carrot Ginger soup (VEGETARIAN). I had many variations of the carrot ginger soup in the past and I find this to be almost excellent, other than the need to add more ginger to give it a nice kick and spiciness.

CROQUE MONSIEUR: Grilled swiss cheese on white bread with ham and béchamel served with mesclun salad, homemade dressing. This was excellent, authentically French.

JAMBON, FROMAGE ET OEUF BIO: Ham, swiss cheese and organic egg. This was my entrée and was very satisfying as a breakfast item. Just right. I wish I could have this every morning and many nights for dinner. Don’t you think it looks pretty?

CONFITURE AUX FRUITS ROUGES MAISON: Homemade 3 red fruits jam. This was the dessert and unfortunately the homemade 3 red fruits jam was not impressive.

My food memories are usually associated with a place (maybe the restaurant, the town, or the country) and the people I ate with. Usually good dinning companions tend to make the meal taste better. I think this is definitely the case for Méli-Mélo. However, overall Méli-Mélo offers a nice brunch/breakfast options that are more out of the box – my cup of tea.

This experience took place at

Méli-Mélo Crêperie, Juice Bar and Catering
362 Greenwich Ave,
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 629-6153

Morello’s Dessert in Greenwich CT – Take Two on Oyster Night

When E and I finished our dinner at the Elm Street Oyster House, we decided to take a walk in the heart of Greenwich, CT for dessert. We came upon Morello Italian Bistro on Greenwich Ave. We were thinking – you know, Italians are good with dessert. Why not?  We were a little surprised. #flourlesschocolatecake #bomboloni

Bomboloni: Here is the menu description, “fresh-risen doughnuts, vanilla pastry cream, dark chocolate sauce.” Apparently this is their most popular dessert. Looks like mini donuts with cream inside. We poured the “NOT DARK” chocolate sauce over the bomboloni. We were both half expecting something great but it was not. It tasted like bread you could make with a bread machine. It tasted like sourdough. There was too little vanilla cream in the middle to overcome those deficiencies. The cream also tasted artificial.

One of my favorite dessert is the flourless chocolate cake. So I ordered, Torta al Cioccolato. Here is the menu description, ” flourless chocolate cake, rum caramel, candied walnuts, banana gelato.” It was acceptable.  It was not the typical flourless chocolate cake. It was fluffy like a brownie! But I wanted the butter and the egg experience.  Not a great one for me.  The positive is that the walnuts and the gelato were excellent. I think I would have enjoyed it better if they did not state that this is a flourless chocolate cake.

Upside: The coffee was nicely roasted, dark and dreamy. The nice waitress/bar tender took the Bomboloni off our bill since she knew we were not a fan. I guess I could give them another try.

We ended our night with silly laughter and stories from our past and present. When the company is this good, it does not matter where you eat your dessert!

This experience took place at

Morello Italian Bistro
253 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
TEL: 203.661.3443

Oysters! Elm Street Oyster House in Greenwich, CT

My friend E is a foodie and she selected the Elm Street Oyster House in Greenwich, CT. It could not have been a better choice. The oysters made me want to sing. If you had a hankering for oysters, this is the place to come. My favorites were the Onset from MA. #oysters

We had a dozen between the two of us. Half from the east coast and half from the west coast. I learned that I don’t need the sauces when the oysters are this good. It’s a very sexy sensation to eat the oysters… Em.

Onset from MA was clean, fresh, and smooth. Kumamoto from CA was creamy like dessert in seafood form. These are our favorites.

Hickory Flour Fried Calamari: Seems simple and standard, right? Wrong! When the seafood is this fresh, it elevates the food. I cannot help but eat more and more.

Seafood Chili: This is not Chili. I was so against ordering this dish when I read it on the menu. Felt repulsed by the thought of seafood cooked with beans. But I could not be more wrong. It felt like an American version of seafood bouillabaisse. The calamari and scallops were fresh and the tang from the tomato sauce complements the seafood well. The cheese on top adds the connection and thickens the texture a bit. And there are no beans!  Kind of perfect actually. I am glad E made me do it.

It was an excellent meal, sitting with a great friend eating oysters with French fries at the bar. Thank you E for teaching me to eat them together!  Thank you for a fun-filled night.   🙂

This experience took place at

Elm Street Oyster House
11 West Elm Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 629-5795