Forget pumpkin spice everything…brussels sprouts are back in season! Renata and I have been eagerly anticipating fall menus that welcome back our favorite cabbage. Last week, we headed North to Bistro7 in Wilton.
I did the driving and we were there within 25 minutes from our office. We would have been there sooner if we didn’t sit in some minor traffic. Bistro7 is small and tucked away in a small center with a pizza shop and karate dojo (is that right?). We walked in and immediately asked if we could sit at the bar. We love sitting at the bar. It allows for good conversation with the bartenders, and easy access to drinks, am I right?
It was extremely quiet for 6pm, but then again, it was a Tuesday night. However, within 30 minutes all the tables were full. We had a nice view into the kitchen from the bar, and the set up was quite similar to that of Harvest. We enjoyed sneaking peeks at what was happening behind the scenes.
Anyway, getting to our drinks, we both ordered the strawberry basil gimlet, vodka, fresh basil, muddled strawberries and fresh lemon. It was light and refreshing but those darn strawberries kept clogging my straw!
I had a pretty tough time deciding what to order (besides the brussels) so we asked the bartender for an order of “sprouts” while we continued to review the menu. She did look at me oddly when I referred to them as “sprouts,” so I specified, “brussels sprouts.”
I continued to debate with my tummy and brain. The seared scallops appetizer sounded good, but so did the grilled octopus. But there is grilled romaine! I noticed they offer scallops as an addition to any salad. Win. Renata was in the same boat as me, she opted for the grilled romaine as well, but chose the shrimp instead. By the time we finalized our decisions, our baby cabbages arrived.
We were immediately impressed. The menu refers to them as “fried” brussels sprouts with caramelized onions. They failed to mention the red peppers, which really brightened up the dish. The aroma was similar to that of sausage and peppers. Growing up, it was a scent I was very familiar with. Unfortunately, red peppers give me heart burn. Am I 29 or 89? It’s debatable.
First bite and I was in love. The charred texture and size of the brussels were ideal. The savory flavor was also one that we had yet to experience. So far, all of the baby cabbages we’ve tried have had some sort of sweetness to them, whether it was honey, cranberries, or maple syrup. Originality on these was one that we took notice of. The serving size was also impressive, especially with a $6.75 price tag! I could have easily devoured the entire plate but would have left with a belly ache and I still had my mind on the romaine and scallops.
The salad was gorgeous! It arrived perfectly plated with 2 halves of romaine, nicely grilled with a light drizzle of balsamic reduction. I opted out of the Gorgonzola that it is typically served with, but the apples and walnuts were a welcome addition. The scallops were also an impressive size.
We both enjoyed our salads just as much as the sprouts. We continued to let our food digest as we chatted. Mid conversation, we were greeted with an array of desserts! Now, these were not just samples, these were full sized sugary concoctions!
White chocolate mousse, lemon cream pie and warm brownies with ice cream and bourbon caramel sauce. Yes, bourbon. In fact, we’re pretty sure the blackberry drizzle on the lemon cream pie also had some booze in it. Dessert is a rarity for me, especially on a random Tuesday night, but I indulged. Why? Well, it was complimentary but more importantly I use my calories wisely. If I;m going to splurge, I make sure it’s worth it. Would I eat a Chips-a-hoy cookie? No. Twinkie? Most definitely not. But when this trio was presented, it wasn’t even a question. #getinmybelly
If I could, I would have polished off the chocolate mousse. It reminded me of a traditional cannoli filling, possibly marscapone in there and definitely hints of citrus. It was light and delicious, as was the lemon cream pie. It was pretty tart but as it should be. The blackberry drizzle was also a great compliment. The brownie, yes, it was delicious, but the caramel bourbon sauce really made this it unique.
So what’s the verdict?
I had a Living Social deal but I didn’t use it since we didn’t spend enough for the promotional value. Just another reason to head back to Bistro7 in the next couple weeks! I already raved to my parents so the plan is to treat them to a lovely dinner.
Do you prefer sweet or savory flavors?
Do you typically order dessert when you’re out to dinner?