Saturday, July 2, 2016

New Summer Menu at Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn

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One of my favorite restaurants on the Connecticut shoreline, the Fresh Salt restaurant at Saybrook Point recently introduced a NEW summer menu that features seasonal dishes inspired by the harvests of local farmers and fisheries and invited us to visit for a sampling.

It's certainly no surprise that Fresh Salt was recently named Best Upscale Dining in Connecticut by the state’s restaurant industry association, You see, Fresh Salt works closely with its local farmers and artisans to ensure the highest quality of locally grown ingredients from land and sea go into its creative delights. Add to the list of local items - an incredible view of Long Island Sound and a busy marina and you know Fresh Salt is a win-win for dining.

At Fresh Salt, guests will savor fresh, seasonal and local cuisine served in Old Saybrook’s most spectacular setting – the spot where the fresh waters of the Connecticut River meet the salt of Long Island Sound. It's a treasured and historic place, rich in life, and the restaurant reflects that lively diversity. Chef d’ Cuisine Gese Rodriguez offers a simple yet high quality approach to transforming the fresh seasonal ingredients of Connecticut into beautifully inspired dishes.

At our most recent outing to Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn, here are some of the items we enjoyed, from cocktails to appetizers to entrees to dessert.


We loved the ingenuity used in all the cocktail creations and I especially enjoyed this tall Foggy Harbor Raspberry Mist pictured below that featured Connecticut's own Foggy Harbor Vodka, muddled with fresh raspberries and mint!

Fresh Salt - The Foggy Harbor Raspberry Mist
(made with CT own's Foggy Harbor Vodka!)

Fresh Salt - Key Lime Martini


With everything from a raw bar selection to hearty pork shanks we tried to sample a wide array of items from seafood to salads to soups. The cowboy loved the heirloom tomato and peach salad, and we've already recreated it several times at home since then! Don't you just love when you get some creative ideas from your favorite restaurants that you can replicate at home?

Jonah Crab Salad
Parsley, Celery, Watermelon, Lemon, Mango Aioli

Chilled Sweet Pea and Cucumber Soup
Fresh Mint, Crème Fraiche

Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad
Local Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette

Barbecue Pork Shanks
Carrot-Celery Salad, Tamarind Barbecue Sauce 

Dinner Entrees

You simply can't go wrong with anything at Fresh Salt. The atmosphere is fun and festive and the food is always wonderful. I loved my seafood "ciopinno" stew - and the leftovers the next day were even better after everything had an additional day to infuse flavors!

Fresh Salt Style Cioppino
Shrimp, Scallops, Calamari, Mussels, Swordfish Tomato,
Saffron Essence, Capellini, Crusty Ciabatta, Parmigiano

Mrs. Tag's Swordfish Chop
Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemon Zest, Italian Parsley
Fine Bread Crumbs, Parmesan-Spinach Risotto, Sautéed Zucchini 

8 oz Filet Mignon
Garnished with Shoestring Pomme Frites
Charred Romaine Heart, Demi Glaze, Colbert Butter

Pan Roasted Black Pearl Salmon
Roasted Cauliflower, Local-grilled Peach,
Couscous Passion Fruit Beurre Blanc, Lemon Sea Salt


The cowboy saw a plate of Baked Alaska pass by while we were eating so he knew that was on his radar and Wendy and I decided to sample the Chocolate Trio for Two. VERY chocolatey for the chocolate lovers only!

Baked Alaska
Chocolate Cake, Espresso Gelato, Torched Meringue
Chocolate-Vanilla-Espresso-Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Trio for Two
Chocolate Cheesecake, Raspberry-Caramel Tart
Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel Center 

In addition to the items we sampled the new summer menu features the bounty of the season through unique pasta dishes such as “Beggar’s Purse,” which is fresh pasta filled with pear, Taleggio, Robiola, Ricotta, English peas, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes in a white wine sauce; and Cavatappi Primavera with broccoli, asparagus, cherry tomato, oyster mushroom, yellow pepper, and olive oil in a white wine sauce. Entrée prices range from $19.95.

Are you more of a seafood lover? Fresh Salt has you covered with their  fresh seafood and day boats including Pan-Seared Cod served with Mushroom Risotto, Spinach 
Cherry Tomatoes Blistered in White Port, and Idaho Trout from the Snake River Canyon served with Crushed Almonds, White Wine-Butter Sauce Sweet Pea and Corn Risotto.

Add classic New England dishes like Clams, Fried Oysters and Seaside Tempura Platter with Golden Brown Scallops, Oysters, Calamari, Zucchini and Peppers served with House Kettle Chips, Cole Slaw, and Chipotle-Avocado Tartar Sauce and you've got a menu that pleases everyone!

Fresh Salt is more than just a restaurant; it is a place to enjoy another’s company and experience the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound – quietly intertwined with the Connecticut River. The venue’s fresh ingredients and vibrant tastes are available daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And if guests are searching for an intimate evening, Fresh Salt offers light bites and handcrafted cocktails made to perfectly enhance an evening away.

Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling 860-395-2000.

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Disclaimer: We were invited to Fresh Salt by members of their marketing and management team, however all views expressed are our own.

About Saybrook Point

Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at

Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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