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The Sesame Seed--Danbury, CT

KidVinegar | Aug 22, 2001 10:20 AM

Hello all youse Hounds!

My wife and I recently moved to Brewster NY, and have started to explore the surrounding cuisine. Neighboring Danbury, Connecticut seems rife with delish possibilities. So far, we've discovered a gem of a spot called The Sesame Seed.

Sort of a middle-eastern concentration to the food (had some complex and nicely-textured hummus as an apetizer)... but it covers a lot of ground.

The salad course featured a simple arugula arrangement generously doused with a lemony vinaigrette and feta cheese--to be added to each individual's liking--in a separate bowl.

Nice fish selection. I ordered a perfectly-done piece of mahi in a thin white wine sauce that was a tad over salty, but nicely offset by crispy, blanched peppers, onions, and mushrooms. The accompanying brown rice was
refreshingly earthy and untampered by any additional spices.

A friend ordered the house specialty mahi--sesame encrusted with a dash of pepper and parmesan, I believe. fantastic.

My wife, a vegetarian, was not hurting for choices. she settled on a lovely ravioli dish... can't for the life of me remeber the filling. Spinach? What stands out is the bright orange sweet potato-and-cream sauce
those little suckers were floating in. This was perhaps the most filling of all the meals, as there were at least a dozen good-sized ravs on the plate.

For dessert, we split slices of homemade key lime pie and an apple/caramel/crumb construction. It was a very complimentary combination. And the slices were small enough to prevent our pants buttons from popping
off and ricocheting around the room like slugs from a .45.

The atmosphere gets an A+... the restaurant is housed in what must have been a former Five and Dime: twin plateglass windows, rickety hardwood floors,
pressed-tin ceiling, wooden freezer door in the back... the walls are covered in an intruiging collection of flea market finds, ranging from
bakelite radios to lunchboxes. the upstairs exudes a 'grandma's house' charm, thanks to disparate chairs and table styles scattered throughout four rooms, each covered in loud, vintage wallpaper.

So far, this would be my first choice as a chowhound spot to take friends to when they visit us in our new place.

next time, i'll tell you about the worthwhile indian place--Jaipure--a few short miles away from us in brewster!

Anyone care to chime in on these or other worthwhile restaurants in the area? It would be much appreciated!

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