An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Dec 23, 2013
06:05 AMThe Connecticut Table
CTbites: Owners of Mezon in Danbury Debut Baro Cantina in Fairfield
Craving some Latin American delicacies? Head over to 1229 Post Road in Fairfield and check out the brand-spankin'-new BARO' New WORLD CANTINA, the latest labor of love brought to you by the Reyes family (also owners of MEZON and 2 other restaurants in Danbury.) The wine list is mostly Spanish but the food selection - served mostly "tapas" style - comes from Brazil, Uraguay, Argentina, Mexico and the Dominican Republic where Juan and Richard Reyes and family were born. The decor is welcoming and stylish, complete with a glass-faced ceviche bar which looks onto the bustling and aroma filled kitchen. Dark wood tables and benches, some high tops and a large bar as well as birch branch wall decorations are inviting. But the food's the thing. We'll be back for a more intensive review but here are our first impressions:
Warm, Latin American popovers are on the table, flaky with just the right amount of puffed cheese inside to whet your whistle. The PESCADO ceviche, with fresh, tender halibut is mango-heavy and quite sweet but the lime and habanera drizzled throughout adds the perfect amount of opposition.
The BERRO salad is a definite winner with plenty of peppery watercress, almonds, quinoa and luscious, young coconut slices. The POLLO (on the "anticuchos" or "skewers" list) is outstanding with jerk chicken and a pineapple salsa, accompanied by a scotch bonnet ketchup. Here, the chicken is utterly tender, succulent and very tandori-like, with the fruity chutney to keep it moist.