An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Dec 16, 2013
07:36 AMThe Connecticut Table
CTbites: ROUGE Brasserie & Oyster Bar Opens in Greenwich
CTbites recently attended a press dinner at ROUGE Brasserie & Oyster Bar, a brand new dining venture in the eclectic Byram section of Greenwich, owned by the cb5 restaurant group, which formerly owned Bleu on Greenwich Avenue. Chef Josh Moulton returns to cb5 in Greenwich after his role as Executive Chef at the Monkey Bar and Moda in NYC and West Restaurant in Los Angeles. The menu features hearty French bistro fare including classic steak tartare, sautéed foie gras, onion soup gratinee, skate meuniere, poulet en croute, and short rib Bourguignon.
The restaurant, which previously housed the sexy Lolita Cocina (also owned by cb5), was graciously redefined with huge ornate white mirrors, exposed brick walls, elaborate chandeliers, and a more subtle color palette. It's playful but elegant, and the perfect spot for a first date.
One mustn’t overlook the bar with such creative cocktails as personal POP Champagne bottles, French Kiss and Chanel No.5 martinis, and Brigitte Bardot and Broken Heart cocktails. The drinks were fun, festive, fresh and vibrant, each name living up to its reputation. My favorite was The French Kiss. How can you go wrong with a name like that? Made with gin, white lillet, elderflower liqueur and fresh grapefruit, this drink was crisp and refreshing.
We moved to the dining room where a large Plateaux de Fruits de Mer of large prawns, generously sized lobster tails, sweet and succulent Blue Point oysters, Beaujoleil and Little Neck clams and stone crabs were waiting. For those who wished, there was a cocktail sauce, a smokey roux with lemon, paprika, mayonnaise and Dijon mustard as well as a Mignonette, a sauce of vinegar and shallots, to accompany the seafood.