Sunday, January 7, 2018

Welcome the New -129 - to New Canaan CT

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"129" in New Canaan

129 Restaurant

Ushering the New Year in with a Fresh Look

New Logo - 129
129 Restaurant

I just love when restaurants take it upon themselves to reflect on where they are - where they want to be - and ultimately decide it's time to update and "rebrand" themselves. 

When they do this the right way they start by infusing all that was great in their previous endeavors and inject a fresh new energy and zest into new beginnings. The former "Chef Luis" Restaurant, located at 129 Elm Street in the heart of New Canaan’s bustling retail and dining district, did just that! 

YES! A beautiful rebranding done the right way!

Beginning in November 2017 they announced their new name, new menu focus, and a new executive chef.  

Now called "129 Restaurant" or  simply"129" for short, they offer classic American Contemporary cuisine. Along with the expertise of General Manager Sergio Tamburlini on board, there is a winning combination in both the front and the back of the house.

Join me in welcoming "129" to the New Canaan neighborhood!

We accepted their kind invitation and traveled up Connecticut's scenic Merritt Parkway to New Canaan CT to visit them and sample a few of their items. 

Delicious Cocktails at 129 Restaurant in New Canaan CT
129's revamped cocktail menu

We started with cocktails off their revamped specialty cocktail menu, sampling the Strawberry Julep made with Redemption Bourbon, Fresh Strawberries, Fresh Mint, and some Sparkling Soda Water and the Vodka Mule made with Tito's Vodka, Mescal, Redemption Rye, Fresh Lime Juice, Ginger Beer

Cocktails at 129
129 Cocktails
Strawberry Julep (L)
Vodka Mule (R)

While sipping on our cocktails we were also able to drink in the beautiful artwork courtesy of nearby Sorelle Art Gallery located on Main Street in New Canaan. A partnership with Sorelle Art Gallery provides an extension of their gallery in town, offering a rotating collection of art that is available for purchase. Those pictured below are courtesy of New York artist Jason Young and his team and are made from urethane, automotive lacquer, mirrored plexiglass and mounted on aluminum. 

Photo Courtesy 129 Restaurant

After cocktails we moved on to the appetizer section enjoying a Chicken Taco and a  Chef Salad made with Red and Green Leaf Greens, Sliced Apples, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese.

Chicken Taco Appetizer at 129 Restaurant
Chicken Taco

Chef Salad

We were able to talk with GM Sergio Tamburlini for a few minutes who was equally excited about the revamping as we were. He noted, “To complement our comfortable, family-friendly ambiance, our new all-day menu offers casual cuisine that is accessible to diners of all ages.  Guests will recognize a few of their tried-and-true favorites from our old menu – tacos, calamari chorizo and our classic salads – along with a spin on classic recipes including lobster salad with avocado and grilled tomatoes, tuna tartare with roasted shallots, radish, arugula and avocado, a wild mushroom omelet with organic eggs and gruyere, and more!”

After chatting with our new friend Sergio, we moved on to our dinner selections, the Steak Frites, a Rib-Eye with a shallot reduction and french fries, and the Chicken Paillard, served with Baby Arugula, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cherry Mozzarella, and Fresh Avocados.  

Steak Frites at 129 Restaurant
Steak Frites at 129

Chicken Paillard at 129 Restaurant
Chicken Paillard at 129

Friends, both were amazing! The cowboy is loving me for suggesting he order the Steak Frites and was feeling especially generous by offering me a few bites. I agree - he has good reason to love me!  My Chicken Paillard was equally delicious, the chicken pounded thin just as a good paillard should be - and flash grilled perfectly.

As much as I wanted to try their Tres Leches Cake - I was really hankering for more of a tart ending so I went with the Berry Tart, intending just to eat a bit of it. No way! It was so good I plowed through the whole thing. All. By. My. Self. (!!!)

Berry Tart at 129 Restaurant
Fresh Berry Tart

We know you'll love 129 as much as we did! Be sure you visit them soon! 

129 Restaurant
129 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 803-1657

About 129

129 is an American Contemporary restaurant and bar, located in the center of New Canaan, Connecticut at 129 Elm Street.  The menu incorporates new cooking techniques and unique fusions of flavor to enhance the best of classic American dishes for diners of all ages, served in a comfortable, neighborhood environment.  In addition to its food offerings, 129 offers an extensive wine list, creative cocktails and craft beer list.  For more information visit

We were invited to 129 by members of their management and marketing team, however, the opinions expressed are entirely our own.

©  Home Place 2018


  1. Replies
    1. Christine, next time I'm trying their fried oyster taco! Sounds delish, doesn't it?

  2. You got my attention with that Strawberry Julep, Bonnie!

    1. Cecilia, the cowboy ordered that, believe it or not! He's expanding his horizons! (But I think the bourbon had something to do with it!).

  3. That chicken paillard looks delightful!


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