Oct 12, 2012
08:36 AM
Café Connecticut

Encore at AD Bistro

 

I know I’ve blogged already about AD Bistro but that was before I had actually eaten there. Anything Debra Ponzek does is worthy of culinary comment, of course, but the fact that she’s at long last opened her own sit-down bistro, in Westport, qualifies as culinary news of the first order. Even bigger news? Right now you can pick up a coupon for 20% off dinner till the end of October.

My husband and I had a really superb meal there on Wednesday night. Ponzek’s hardly an unknown quantity: She and her husband, Gregory Addonizio, have four justly celebrated Aux Délices gourmet takeouts in Fairfield County and a thriving catering business. So, let's just say our expectations were high—and we weren't disappointed one bit. We shared a "Vine-Ripened Tomato Fritter" (I'd kill to know how they make this simple dish so delicious) and a "Roasted Beet Tian" for appetizers, both absolutely top-of-the-line, followed by equally excellent “Grilled Lamb Sirloin with Baba Ghanoush” and "Montrachet Chicken," with mashed potatoes, red wine marjoram sauce and English peas. The latter is a reference to the late, great, top-rated Montrachet Restaurant in New York, where Ponzek presided for a seven-year stint as executive chef. (Other entrées include steak frites, roasted salmon and snapper au pistou but the menu changes tonight. We're hoping they keep that chicken dish!)

Portions were very generous, as were wine-by-the-glass pours. We skipped dessert due to overindulgence of the aforementioned tomato fritter, Montrachet Chicken, etc.—wait, wait, I hear you say: How, exactly, do you pass on a dessert by so expert a dessert maker as Debra Ponzek? I can't account for it. Clearly we didn’t look at the menu, which, for your edification, includes: Strawberry Shortcake, Madagascar vanilla crème brûlee, chocolate torte . . . ohhhhh. BIG mistake!

And, did I mention that for the rest of the month you can get a coupon for 20 percent off dinner?

Get thee to AD!

AD Bistro, 1035 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203/557-9600, auxdelicesfoods.com. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9.

 

Encore at AD Bistro

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