Restaurants & Bars

Meigas Norwalk

sibeats | Mar 2, 200807:09 AM

After having a great meal at Ibiza in New Haven, we thought we'd try their sister restaurant, Meigas in Norwalk. Overall it was a positive experience, but I don't think it was as good as Ibiza, especially in the entree department. I remember eating here years ago and thinking how strange it was that all the entrees seemed to be covered in the same brown sauce. Unfortunately we had the same experience this weekend.
We went on friday night, and the place was at least 2/3 empty all night, not a great sign. The appetizers were all very good. I had the octopus with smoked paprika with a potato foam, which was very surprising. When I ordered it, I thought it would be large pieces of octopus covered with a little foam. It came in a bowl, and almost looked like a baked cherry clafouti! There was a large base of the "foam", which was really a very airy mashed potato, with paper thin slivers of octopus sitting on top, seasoned with smoked paprika and a drizzle of oil. It was incredibly delicious (and rich). We also had a salad with goat cheese, figs, serrano ham, frisee, walnuts and a truffle vinaigrette, very tasty, but would be much better with fresh figs rather than dried. Our last app was the soup, broth with serrano ham, chorizo, white beans, greens, etc. The flavor was good, but it had chunks of pure pork fat in it which kind of grossed me out...but I do have issues with that kind of thing.
For entrees, we had the baby lamb, short ribs and the duck breast. When the 3 plates came to the table it was difficult to even figure out which was which because they were all dark brown. My duck was supposed to be on a bed of sauteed apples, dates, pancetta and polenta. Instead, the main ingredient was mushrooms, and I kept thinking, I don't remember reading about mushrooms on the menu! The apples were what drew me to the dish and unfortunately there were only 2 or 3 pieces in the whole thing. The polenta was also cut in little cubes and was very dry. The duck itself was cooked very well, rare and moist. My biggest problem was that the entire mixture underneath it was so dark that I couldn't tell what anything was until I put it in my mouth. The short ribs were cooked very well and were falling off the bone tasty. The baby lamb was served with some roasted veggies and potato confit with a bowl of the ever-present brown sauce on the side.
We passed on dessert as we were all stuffed.
Another table across the room seemed to be having a tasting menu, which wasn't offered to us. They definitely seemed to know the owner, so perhaps they set it up beforehand. We did have a little food envy as we saw little plates of tasty looking things go by!
I would definitely give this place another try, but for lunch, where they have a prix fixe tapas offering, 3 plates per person. As I find with many restaurants, I think they excel in the smaller plates more than the entrees, and I don't think we'd go back for dinner with so many other good places in the area.

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