New Haven Restaurant Week- Bespoke

EDIT:  This restaurant is no longer open.

New Haven, CT is having their Spring 2010 Restaurant Week from Sunday, April 18 - Friday, April 23 2010.  While there are plenty of restaurants to choose from we had the pleasure of dining at Bespoke.  The restaurant was offering a prix fix, three course lunch and dinner menu with an appetizer, entrĂ©e, and dessert for $29.

We ordered the Romaine Salad and the Merguez Sausage dishes for appetizers.  The salad was fresh and light while the sausage dish with was filled with slices of tasty sausage with a balanced amount of chickpeas and tomato, with a perfect touch of spiciness along with plenty of sauce to soak up with the grilled bread pieces.

For the dinner one of us had the New England Shellfish - smoked ham, mussels; clams, truffle gnocchi.  We wanted a dish not too heavy with gnocchi and this fit the bill perfectly.  The clams and mussels sat in a scrumptious sauce with the lightest, fluffiest gnocchi I have ever tasted.

I had the Coffee Cured Hanger Steak - with melted mushrooms and judies asiago bread pudding.   My steak was cooked just the way I like it, medium rare.  I think this is my new favorite steak.  The flavors are intense.  The melted mushrooms are a sauce of the most intense flavors of mushroom that you could imagine.  And the bread pudding on the plate, tastes like a divine serving of scalloped potato.  Each bite is a heavenly intensely flavored morsel.

Dessert was just as an enriching taste experience as the rest of the meal.  We dove into it so fast I forgot to get a picture!  The desserts were Orange Kissed Ricotta (honey, kataifi, pistachios) and Chocolate Malt Icebox Pie with butterscotch sauce.  The chocolate malt actually had malted milk balls on it!  There was enough butterscotch sauce to have a taste of it with each lovely silky bite of it.  The ricotta dessert was a ricotta base, awesome in simplicity, that you scooped up into a kiss of orange marmalade tossed with pistachios and topped with the crunchiness of the kataifi.  Unbelievable! 

What we love the most about the meals at Bespoke are the perfect intensity of the flavors.  We will think about and remember this meal for a long time.