As we drove down Main Street, East Haven, I was not anticipating finding an oasis of fine dining. We parked in the lot in the back which was only one-third filled at 6:30PM last (Friday) night. The restaurant is quite large with white table clothed tables spread between 2 good size rooms plus seating at the attractive bard and a patio located out front.
We were immediately greeted and shown a table for 2, provided menus and asked for our drink (iced tap water) orders. Like most of the other diners this evening, we were planning on ordering off the tapas section of the menu though the full plate (Platos Principales) section looked very interesting as well.
We received an amuse bouche of olives along with some bread to sop up the delicious olive oil, garlic and assorted spices while we perused the menu. On entering I had noticed a table with mussels and French fries in the bar area so we made Mejillones al Vino Blanco our first order. These are PEI mussels cooked with slivers of garlic, small pieces of tomato, parsley in a light white wine sauce. The taste was truly excellent though the bellies were on the small size.
As the night progressed, tables rapidly filled all around us, but the service staff never skipped a beat, continuing to be both attentive and uniformly friendly. For a second order we chose the house salad with mixed greens and large piece of gorgonzola cheese with a light dressing plus crab cake Mediterranean. This pair of cakes served with a red pepper coulee and some torn greens were delicious.
Neither of us was hungry at this point, but we forced ourselves to look at the dessert menu finally opting for a Crema Catalina that by any other name, namely Crème Brulee, would have been so beautifully plated and equally as delicious.
Shortly after receiving the bill, we received a small muscatel aperitif. In yet another gesture of friendliness by the staff, two different members shook my hand and thanked us for our patronage as we exited.
Overall, we were highly impressed by the quality of the food, friendly pricing and the service provided this evening. .
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