by Valerie Schroth
Nov 29, 2012
12:01 PMTable Hopping
A Win-Win on East Putnam
So, I let you know about Rafael Palomino’s new place in Greenwich a while back, but when I wrote it I hadn’t been able to get there yet. Now, after a press dinner there last night, I can offer a more full-throated recommendation: Go! Here are some highlights.
Tapas: Croquetas de Cangrejo, marvelously crispy-coated little blue crabmeat balls with grain mustard aioli; Corderito al Guiso, braised baby veal shank with root vegetables; and Atun al Sarten, seared yellowfin tuna served with fingerling potatoes (an inspired combination, it turned out) and saffron aioli.
Of the main courses we tried, the Maine Lobster Paella Palomino was a showstopper, with lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, chorizo—and oodles of the most wonderful, succulent saffron rice. The other standout was the masterfully grilled branzino, served with house-made chorizo gnocchi, another non-obvious but winning combination.
Dessert was Crema Catalina, a delicious vanilla flan; Pastel de Chocolate, warm chocolate cake with raspberry coulis; and feather-light churros with vanilla and chocolate dipping sauce.
The place is beautiful, with a spacious bar, lots of wood, comfortable seating and floor-to-ceiling wine displays. All in all, a win-win for chef Palomino!
Bistro Latino, 1392 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, 203/698-9033, bistrolatinogreenwich.com.A Win-Win on East Putnam