So we were recently in Danbury, CT for the New Year and asked at the hotel for a good steak based restaurant. It was recommended that we visit Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill which was right around the corner from the hotel, near the Courtyard Marriot.
They’re located at 5 Eagle Rd, Danbury, CT 203.826.7406
Service was impeccable. Our waiter knew not only to suggest the $35 bottle of wine for the table, but how to guide us in our selections. Really professional! The restaurant does cater somewhat to business travelers so that may explain it.
First let me talk about the bread. A nice crisp crust with a crumb that is fluffy, light, slightly chewy and delicious. The butter they serve with the bread is room temperature not that hard as a rock cold butter you get in MOST restaurants.
For an appetizer we had the Sweet Chili Calamari – with scallions, cilantro and sweet chili glaze. This is a deceptive dish as you expect badly done calamari, but not so at Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill. The calamari was lightly battered, fried briefly and perfectly seasoned. It is now my gold standard for calamari anywhere I go.
Between the appetizer and the main entree we had a salad – now this salad had assorted greens, candied pecans, craisins, Gorgonzola, and red wine vinaigrette. This was the ideal to which salads should rise. The candied pecans and Gorgonzola and craisins were the perfect companions to refresh the palate.
I had the Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Yuzu, Soy Mirin Glaze, Saffron Risotto and red peppers. Imagine if you will, sea scallops which are bigger than the bay variety, about silver dollar sized. Perfectly seasoned, a little salt, pepper, and a couple spices one of which I suspect was cayenne pepper, and seared to absolute perfection. We’re talking five star here.
Keyron and our friend Nick had the Pasture-Raised Grilled Veal Chop with mushroom, port wine reduction, demi-glaze and truffle oil.
Our friend Beth had the Classic Angus Cheeseburger with slow cooked onions, smoked chipotle mayo, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fries, and toasted bun. The burger was cooked medium, the the outside and inside the correct colors, basically the center a nice pink, with a nicely seared exterior.
It is a rare occasion that I get so effusive about a restaurant, but Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill is the standard bearer. Eat here and you’ll be comparing it to every restaurant you’ll ever go to.
Price wise, four courses (appetizer, salad, entree, desert and wine and one Guiness) cost $50 per person.
I’ve liked them on Facebook, uploaded some pics of the scallops, and the veal chops there, I’ve also given them a five star rating on yelp. They’ve been at this location for only five months but if they continue with the brilliance of both their wait staff and their chef, they have a long run ahead of them.
It is now the ONE reason to go into Danbury, CT!