Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rouge Brasserie and Oyster Bar - Greenwich CT

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Connecticut is now home to a new French style restaurant and bistro, the Rouge Brasserie and Oyster Bar, located in the Byram neighborhood of Greenwich, CT, 

The cb5 restaurant development group has taken their unique touch and transformed Rouge into a transcontinental dining destination, ala the ROUGE Brasserie & Oyster Bar.
Rouge Brasserie & Oyster Bar

Chef Josh Moulton, the former Chef de Cuisine of Union Square Café and The Monkey Bar in New York City, is preparing hearty French bistro fare such as classic steak tartare, sautéed foie gras, onion soup gratinee, skate meuniere, poulet en croute, and short rib Bourguignon.

Chef Moulton

We started our sampling at the beautiful bar with some libations with deliciously-French names: the French Kiss and Chanel No.5 martinis, and the Brigitte Bardot cocktail.

Clockwise from left
The Chanel No. 4, The Bridget Bardot, The French Kiss

Chanel No.5 was by far my favorite, made with raspberry vodka, crème de framboise, pineapple juice and a touch of champagne, garnished with a sugared rim. The French Kiss was made with gin, white lillet, elderflower liqueur and fresh grapefruit. The Brigitte Bardot, was prepared with cognac, fresh lemon, sugar, raspberry and a hint of champagne, however, this was a bit too hearty for me.

We then moved into the dining room where we started with two amazing features from the Aquatique portion of the menu. the Plateaux De Fruits De Mer with lobster, shrimp, oyster, cherry stone clams, crab --- and the Fish Eggs & Chips that are served over house made potato chips with crème fraiche.

The seafoods were wonderful, the shrimp was large and cooked perfectly, the oysters and clams had the perfect crispy coldness, and the lobster. Well, how can you possibly go wrong with lobster? This large tower of pure goodness was served with several varieties of dipping sauces, though my favorite was the classic cocktail sauce.

We then moved on to several samples from the Commence portion of the menu, the Warm Onion Tart with tomato confit and nicoise olives, Escargots Bourguignon, prepared with shallot parsley butter, and the Classic Steak Tartare, a hand cut prime filet with charred country toast.

While each was wonderful, the escargot was AMAZING, succulent morsels cooked low and slow, and absolutely the perfect blend of garlic and butters. The steak tartare was also a hit, tender and packed with flavor.

We sampled some wines with our dinner, and, of course, my favorite was the white, which I thought had a pleasant sweetness that complimented our selections quite nicely.

We also sampled a French favorite, Moules Frites, prepared with white wine, garlic & fine herbs. The fries were hand cut and prepared on premise.

Next on our sampling menu was the Salmon Forestiere, prepared with sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach
& lemon-thyme jus. This was probably one of my favorite items of the night. I selected a plump piece of salmon and enjoyed the crispy sear that resulted in a moist and tender inside, complimented by the delicate thyme sauce. The mushrooms and baby spinach were the perfect accompaniment to this dish.

Last on our dinner sampling was the Steak Frites, a butcher’s cut served with sauce béarnaise also served with hand cut fries.

Of course, no dinner is complete without coffee and dessert, and for my happy ending I selected an espresso served with a lemon twist and a hint of anisette. For dessert we were served two custards, vanilla and chocolate. Hands down, my favorite was the vanilla. After all the delicious flavors combined that night, vanilla was definitely the sweet ending to a fabulous dinner.

I would be remiss if I didn't offer a small sampling of the decor of Rouge, which has a fun yet formal reckless abandon. Intimate tables are tucked into cozy nooks, as well as large communal dining areas. Outside there is even a small patio that will be a major draw in warmer weather.

The side entrance and front are decorated with boxwood and evergreen window boxes. 

Simple, yet utterly charming.

Rouge has the perfect blend of classic French cuisine and ooo la la! 

Merci to the cb5 Group for this wonderful new addition to Greenwich!

Do visit them soon!

Rouge Brasserie & Oyster Bar
230 Mill Street
Byram Neighborhood
Greenwich CT 06830


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Disclaimer: We were invited to this promotional  sampling at Rouge Brasserie & Oyster Bar by members of Rouge's Management and Marketing Team, however, the views and opinions expressed herein are our own.

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  1. This place looks amazing - I hope to visit it soon! Cathy T

    1. Cathy, it was wonderful! Highly recommended: The escargot and the salmon! And the seafood tower is AMAZING!


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