Restaurants & Bars 6

Duo Stamford

sibeats | Jan 27, 200801:26 PM

We ate at Duo this weekend and thought the food was great. Thanks to some suggestions here, I had the tuna appetizer which was incredible..except that my family ate half of my tuna pizza! The tartar was also very nice with some sushi rice and some little crispy bits over it. The rock shrimp tempura was also very nice, a little bowl of tempura shrimp in a spicy smoky pepper sauce. Alongside it was a "shooter", which had a wasabi foam in the bottom and a skewer of spiced rock shrimp sitting in the glass. We also had the duck app, which was 2 pieces of duck "sushi" and then slices of roasted duck with potatoes and a duck jus. It was good, but the least favorite of the 3.
For entrees, we had the pasta, sea bass and beef. The pasta was good, but not great. I did really like the half with pesto and octopus, except the bowl it was served in was very difficult to eat out of! The tortellini half with crabmeat wasn't that good. The pasta itself was thick and chewy on the edges and the sauce on the plate was a little too sweet for it, and from the menu description was supposed to be on the other half. The sea bass was very good, cooked well and tasty. I thought the half with the fava bean crust had too much vanilla flavor on it, especially since the menu said that the other half would have the vanilla scented sauce! The miso half was very good and was a nicer piece of fish. The beef was also tasty, one half was filet and the other a short rib. The filet was supposed to have a corn puree, of which their was no sign of. The quality of both meats was excellent and the short rib was meaty and tender. They both seemed to have the same sauce and vegetables, which seemed a bit odd given the whole concept. The presentations on all the food were wonderful, whimsical and beautiful.
The desserts options were recited to us, and we couldn't really understand the waiter, but we decided to choose a couple anyway, the chocolate lava cake and the almond cake. Both came with fresh fruit, a scoop of raspberry sorbet on the chocolate and something else on the almond cake. The almond cake was a little strange as we couldn't identify any of the layers...it almost seemed as though there was lemon curd in it. The flavors were good though and the presentations very nice.
It seems as though there is a disconnect between the quality of the food and the quality of the service, especially at this price point (over $200 for 3 of us w/ one bottle of wine). Although everyone was very friendly and mostly attentive, we couldn't understand any of the waiters, whether they were taking our orders, explaining our dishes, or reciting the desserts. As she was clearing our app plates, the waitress took our dirty silverware off the plates and put them back on the table for the next course. I hope they get the front of the house together, because the food was really worth going back for, and next time I want to try some of the sushi!

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