Friday, September 26, 2014

Gastro Bar - Fine Casual Dining in Stamford CT

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As the warm Connecticut nights are slowly dwindling with fall's arrival, we took the ride up to Gastro Bar in Stamford Connecticut.

Gastro Bar in Downtown Stamford

Gastro Bar is located in downtown Stamford directly in the Columbus Park neighborhood. Its open air concept offers both inside and outside dining along picturesque and bustling with activity West Park Street. Gastro Bar is quickly becoming the 'go-to' place for tapas, pasta, and a wide array of Mediterranean style dishes!

We started with some delicious cocktails, the Gastro Mule (Hendricks Gin • pineapple juice • triple sec • St. Germain • Rose wine), the Banana Mojito (Don Q Rum • mint • lime • banana), the West Park Tini (Curacao • Tanqueray • pineapple juice • lime juice • syrup), and the Slow and Low (Slow low & Low whiskey • muddled oranges & lemon • ginger beer).

Clockwise, L-R
The Gastro Mule, the Banana Mojito, the West Park Tini, the Slow and Low

As we sipped on our cocktails we started our sampling with some of Gastro Bar's delicious appetizers... Calamari, bruschetta, fried oysters, albondigus, salmon tartar, eggplant parmigiana, and brussel salad.

Fried Calamari with Smoked Aioli
Perfectly cooked and I loved that the dip sauce was hidden beneath the tender morsels

Brucshetta - Fresh tomato, shallots, garlic, basil, and parmigiano cheese
The cowboy's favorite!!!

Fried Oysters with Grapefruit and Avocado Puree
Tender Sweet Oysters - and beautifully presented

Albondigas - Lamb Meatballs with Pomodoro and Sauteed Baby Kale
Comfort food at its finest!

Salmon Tartar: With jalapenos, shallots, crispy potatoes, and cilantro

Eggplant Parmigiana - with prosciutto, marscapone and ricotto cheese
Tasted even better than it looked - and it looked GOOD!!!!

Brussell Salad: Shaved Brussell Sprouts, Truffle Oil,, Lemon Juice on a Crispy Polenta Cake
A creative and fun way to serve baby cabbages!

A delicious pasta dish!

Short Rib Cavatelli with a Black Truffle Cream Sauce

And a sample of Gastro Bar's wonderful artisan pizza!

Throughout the evening, Chef Fernando Gomez and owners Mario and Alejandro Lopez checked on our progress, and were gracious enough to pose with some items! Pictured below, Chef Fernando and Owner Mario serve up a FAB fig pizza!

Fig Pizza with 10 year Balsamic, Prosciutto, and Arugula
The perfect blend of flavors with the sweet figs, the tangy balsamic, the slightly salty prosciutto and the peppery arugula

...and the shining start of the evening!  A beautiful and delicious paella!

Paella - clams, shrimp, chicken, mussels, calamari, sweet peas, chorizo, saffron rice

Of course we saved room for dessert and sampled two of Gastro Bar's famous desserts!

Left: the Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
Right: New York Style Cheesecake with a medley of fresh berries

Our thanks to our wonderful hosts in the Lopez brothers (in blue) and the amazing Executive Chef Gomez, (in red) and Sous Chef Reyes in white)!

Left to Right
Owner Mario Lopez, Sous Chef Fernando Reyes, Executive Chef Fernando Gomez, Owner Alejandro Lopez

You simply must take the trip to Stamford CT and enjoy this beautiful new addition to the downtown area! You'll certainly be glad you did!

78 West Park Pl.
Stamford, CT ‎06901
Phone: 203-817-0392

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Disclaimer: We were invited to this menu sampling by members of Gastro Bar's public relations and management team. However, all opinions are our own.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, everything looks amazing and a banana mojito sounds fantastic! The desserts look divine, I might have to just skip the meal and go straight to those!


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