While working in Norwalk, CT, the hungrier half of FP (Allen) has been introduced to the culinary scene in nearby New Canaan, CT. First, he learned of Good 2 Gourmet, which offers delicious prepared foods. From Rachel Lampen’s CT Taste Tours’ Twitter account (@CTTasteTours), he next learned about elm, a popular destination for fine cuisine in New Canaan. On a recent Thursday, Allen and a friend visited Elm Street in town to see what the buzz was all about.
The first thing you notice when you walk inside elm is its welcoming feel. Fine artwork line the walls and the open-kitchen setup allows for patrons to get a up close glimpse on how their meals are being prepared.
We started with tuna tartare, risotto with mushrooms and creamed kale as our appetizers. The tuna tartare was well prepared with the soy mustard giving it a nice flavor. Both the risotto and creamed kale were creamy and delicious serving as perfect comfort food for a rainy night.
Four our main entrees, we ordered the roasted chicken and the rigatoni. The chicken was cooked nice and tender. While I normally don’t eat chicken skin, the way it was presented, I had to give it a try. Rather than normal oily chicken skin, it tasted like soft bread.
I tried some of my friend’s rigatoni and discovered the nduja (salami) sprinkled throughout gave the dish nice spicy kick to compliment the different creamy cheeses blended together.
With barely any room for dessert, we gave in and ordered zappolis and ice cream to share. The zappolis were delicious, a modern spin on an old Italian classic dessert.
Executive Chef Luke Venner was kind enough to take time out of his busy night to speak with us and share some of his cooking expertise. From the beginning, the service was outstanding as both the server and host checked on us throughout the evening. I can see what the buzz is all about with elm and plan to bring the other half of FP (Kristina) back to dinner! You should also and you’ll be glad you did.Elm Restaurant 73 Elm Street New Canaan, CT 06840