Song: Kero One - Check The Blueprints (Instrumental)
Wife took me to CR for my bday a few months back and had an amazing dinner. Started with cocktails; I just had a Peroni...she a mojito-inspired gin/honey/aromatic drink that was great(a speakeasy-in-SOHO-for-$30-would-serve-type-great).
We started with the oysters. Individually. Fried. Full. Crunchy. Tasty. With a light paprika.fused sauce on side that didn't hide the shellfish. Funny..from New Haven to Old Saybrook, these were easily the best oysters we've had on the shoreline since we moved here 12 years ago.
Ordered a cheese sampler plate from local cheese shop and it was outstanding. Little fig spread and some crustini...perfect.
Wife had grilled pork with a tequila/pear/lime glaze that she devoured. I had seared sea scallops over a layer of prosciutto, with marscapone on a bed of risotto. They were the best scallops I've ever had, and the dinner was probably top 5 of all time.
The service we had; from being greated and seated to drink refills to menu knowledge, and just an overall professional and friendly/non-pretentious staff, Cafe Routier knocked it out of the park.
On the way home, we stopped off at a local convenience store to get milk for kids and heard couple behind me in line asking about where to eat. I smiled, turned around and told them, " I've got a great spot for you".
Food Excellent - Decor Very good - Service Excellent - one of the best restaurants in the state. too bad it is so far from the western part of the state. great food, great drinks, wonderful service.
Food Excellent - Decor Excellent - Service Excellent - We sampled A LOT over a few days. We went back to back nights and loved the lounge area and small plates. The fried oysters were so good we got another order. Very New York and we will be back. The hanger steak was delicious. Very good service without being all over us. There five seconds before we needed them.
Food Excellent - Decor Very good - Service Excellent - Our favorite restaurant. Always great food and great service.
Food Excellent - Decor Very good - Service Excellent - I had stumbled across this place once while getting out of I-95 traffic, was so impressed I kept their card on my dash. So easy to find and such a short distance off I-95 I will be back yet again. We had a Caribbean fish stew and a wild boar stew that were wonderful, melt in your mouth, and very different from your run-of-the-mill stuff. The kids loved their grilled chicken, and it was so good we help them finish! They should put a sign on I-95!