This was our first time visiting Bin 100 after numerous reviews and rec's from other Ch'ers and friends. Brought my wife for her 36th b-day and I probably should not have mentioned that number, but hey she's still young so what's the worry. Our reservations were for 9:30 and the place was still packed with a few in the bar area. Live 2 piece jazz band was playing in a corner of the back dining area...LOVE IT already. We were seated quickly and upon entering the dining area you have to appreciate the detail that went into the decor of the place.
Great wine list with many selections from all wine countries. Pricing was reasonable on bottles. Great Spanish wine list. I chose a 2004 red from Priorat region, which took some time to open , but once it did it was very good.
For starters, Mrs. had the Polpette...four generous meatballs with a dollop of seasoned fresh ricotta and plum tomato sauce. Very good. Presentation was top on. Sauce was delicious. We needed more bread to soak the remainder up. I'm a sucker for fried calamari and Bin 100 does this with a twist. They use an aioli style sauce called a "ponzu" sauce. The waiter assured me that this was the farthest thing from Helmanns. Even though I am an adult, I have disliked anything in the mayo family since I was a child. I ask for a side of tomato sauce, but at least tried the ponzu. I can appreciate the flavor and all that went into the ponzu, but it's a mental thing.
Main...Mrs. had the Chicken Valdostana, egg-battered chicken breast layered with Parma prosciutto and Fontina cheese over spinach, demi-glaze. Again beautiful presentation and 3 gorgeous pieces of chicken breast. Too much for Mrs. to handle. I chose the Beef Duo, Braised short rib, grilled Bistro Steak, potato puree, glazed root vegetables, truffle rioja sauce. Again presentation, great....Taste phenom! Steak was oh so tender and the short rib was to die for. Sauce was a huge hit with an almost maple flavor on the finish. I normally do not eat red meat that late in the evening, but I could not help myself to finish the entire plate. I did pay for it this morning though.
Dessert...Mrs. had the Churros which blew away my pumpkin cheese cake. Topped off with an espresso and a glass of fino sherry.
The waiter, Van, was fantanstic. Sang happy b-day to the Mrs. and couldn't have been more amusing, polite and welcoming than say an older Italian uncle stopping over for Sunday sauce.
Jazz music was a bit loud at first, but volume came down as the set went on. Around 10:30ish a woman came up to sing. What a beautiful voice she had.
I would have to say that the experience at Bin 100 was an overall hit. I would def go again to try the array of other offerings they have. Music was a huge plus. One of the absolute best restaurants in Milford.
Bin 100 Restaurant
100 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT 06460
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