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Compass in Newtown

APL | Apr 27, 2004 04:31 PM

Prompted in part by uniformly favorable reviews on the Chowhound message board, and the fact that good new restaurants are somewhat rare in northern Fairfield Co., I tried Compass last Saturday. Bottom line--the food was terrible from start to finish, and I will not return. My first inkling of what to expect was the menu. There was not a lot on it that I was tempted to order. Everything sounded like it had too many incongruent ingredients. Another (albeit minor) annoyance was the discovery of a specialty cocktail menu on the backside of a small page as I was sipping the drink I had already ordered. These quibbles would have been quickly forgotten if the food that followed were any good. It wasn't. The first item to arrive was a roll that was almost too hard to break, and once broken, was too stale and dry to eat. Next came an amuse bouche, in the form of crabmeat on an endive leaf. "Stench" would be a fair description of the smell, and thus the taste, of the crabmeat. I am guessing that the crab had not seen the ocean, or a refrigerator, recently. I could not eat it. Since my reaction to the complicated menu was to order things that seemed relatively simple, I had raw oysters for my appetizer. They were the relative highlight of the dinner, mainly because they were not spoiled; but otherwise were nothing to rave about. Three out of six had pieces of shell in them, and they did not look or taste freshly shucked. Their mignonette and cocktail sauces, like the ceasar salad that my wife had for her appetizer, were ok but bland. Our main courses were duck breast and lamb chops. Both were overcooked and underseasoned, with a tinge of gray. The duck breast, in some misguided attempt at ingenuity, was covered with an egg and bread crumb coating (it would be inaccurate to call it a "crust"), the only apparent purpose of which seemed to be to soak up grease. Needless, to say, we did not bother with dessert. In fairness, for what it's worth, the service was good, but nothing could have redeemed the shortcomings of the food. Sorry for the long rant, but I hate to waste a meal on such disappointing fare (especially with The Inn at Newtown only a mile or so up the road, where I have had some outstanding meals).

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