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PIPS Bistro at the Copper Beech Inn - Essex Connecticut


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PIPS Bistro at the Copper Beech Inn - Essex Connecticut

few | | Jan 10, 2007 09:17 AM

I live right down the road from this new treasure & would recommend it to anyone looking to have a genuine bistro experience on the shoreline of eastern Conn.

I started out with the Mushroom soup - - I am always in search of a fine mushroom soup. This one far exceeded my expectations. Creamy, earthy and full of a honest mushroom flavor with the perfect size pieces of tiny bits of mushrooms suspended in every spoonful.

Your meal is served with a special crusty bread, which is baked in an oven I am told by the waitress, designed especially by the Inn's chef to produce a crusty yummy bread to go along with my soup and meal!

I ordered Mussels Frites. Again - - I am always in search of the perfectly prepared Mussel dish - - the mussels were small, fresh and sweet in an aromatic broth that couldn't wait to be sopped up with more of that bread. The frites were thin & just the perfect match. The only bump in this dish that night for me, was that one or two of the mussels were slightly undercooked - but every other one on the plate was cooked to perfection.

I also enjoyed a nicely prepared Pomegranate martini ( honestly,though this P. martini was not nearly as yummy the first one I ever had up the road in Chester at Lupo's - wow is all I can say for that martini - Lupo's is another wonderful find, absolutely great bistro style food, but not a great dining room atmosphere - to noisy for me - although the wait staff was outstanding)

I would definitely recommend anyone looking for casual (not shorts and t shirts casual - -but office type casual) bistro food and a relaxing dining room should try here.

I will go again probably in the spring when I can perhaps enjoy walking around the lovely garden they have set up outside after my meal.

they also appeared to have a small bar seating area - so I might go and try a quick sampling of their cheese cart & wines and see if that is donea s well as the dining menu......