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The Goose in Darien- unexpected gem

missmar79 | Jun 6, 2010 04:01 AM

Just wanted to post about the excellent experience we had at the Goose in Darien. I had never been to the prior restaurant - the Black Goose Grill, so I had limited expectations. In addition, I am in no way affiliated with this restaurant, I am only posting because I really enjoyed my experience there and want to share with you all.

We arrived last night and the place was hopping. The theme is cozy, modernized gastro pub.

We were immediately seated upon arrival for our 9pm reservation.

Our waiter promptly greeted us with menus and water.

They have an extensive beer selection. I ordered the Blue Moon on tap and dh ordered a bottle of Delerium Tremens..came in its signature (and frozen) glass (fantastic by the way - if you are into Belgian beer!)

For the appetizer we ordered the mussels. The one snafu was when they came out, they also brought our entrees at the exact same time. Not sure how that happened... but when we were about to just accept the fact that we would eat everything together, the chef, Piergiorgio, came out and shooed the waiters away while he was embarrassingly pulling our entrees back. He apologized and assured me that he would re-cook everything...I was skeptical.

Anyway, the mussels were excellent, each shell has a large meaty mussel. They were in a very light white wine broth with a hint of lemon, studded by capers, sliced cherry tomatoes and caperberries. An unexpected combination which I normally would not care for, but the flavors were very subtle, only enhancing the freshness and taste of the mussels. A perfect complimenting sauce.

As we were enjoying our mussels the manager, Paul, came over to our table to apologize for the entrees being brought out so soon. We told him it was no problem and that his mussels were excellent. We also complimented his beer selection - it is rare to see a Delerium Tremens on the beer menu. Paul told us that he has been preparing the Goose for open since January. He was enthusiastic and you could tell he really cared about his restaurant.

On to the entrees. My dh ordered the sirloin steak sandwich- sliced steak with a truffle aioli and caramelized onions on a softly toasted rosemary foccacia. I tried it and I thought it was excellent. The bread supported the ingredients enough but was still soft to bite ( I hate when a steak sandwich sits on overly toasted bread that scrapes the inside of your mouth- I prefer a softer, yet supportive bread and the foccacia did the trick.) He ordered them with a side of salad, but you had the option for sweet potato fries. His only complaint was that there could have been more steak in the sandwich. But, he otherwise really enjoyed his choice.

I ordered the pork tenderloin, wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, served over collard greens and included in the entree was a side of mac and cheese.

After being served my entree earlier and the chef taking it back, I was honestly expecting a dried-up piece of tenderloin, overcooked and shriveled. Boy, was I wrong. It was the cooked to perfection- lightly pink inside and super juicy. The bacon was the best compliment. The collard greens were an unexpected surprise - it seemed they were sautéed with butter and lemon which worked as a nice contrast to the pork. The plate was drizzled artistically with what looked like a balsamic reduction. I must say the presenation was very impressive for a "pub."

The mac and cheese was served in separate little mug. It was al dente elbow mac, tossed with a lighter than usual cheese sauce and baked with breadcrumbs. It was not a heavy, saucy mac and cheese, which I actually appreciated.

The chef then came over to our table to apologize for the appetizer/entrée issue once again and told us dessert was on him. We ordered the key lime pie- was a creamy key lime filling with a thick cookie crust- need I say more?

An excellent way to end a very delicious meal.

At $75 for 2 rounds of beers, appetizer and 2 entrees, I will definitely be back to the Goose.

Affordable, great atmosphere and excellent service.

Kudos to Paul and Piergiorgio

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