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Nov 22, 2006 07:51 PM

Bespoke in New Haven ?

From the owners of Roomba. Has anyone tried it?


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  1. My nephew and his wife ate there 2 nights after the opening and declared that it was excellent. We're going there this Sat night (11/25) and I'll post my comments after our visit.

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    1. re: lsnhc

      As thoughts....
      We had dinner there on Sat night and the food was superb. A very eclectic menu that was both interesting and varied, albeit short. Our dinners were both excellent. I had striped bass and my wife had Alaskan salmon, preceeded by my shrimp appetizer and my wife's excellent salad. Franco (chef/owner of Roomba) has another winner, transforming a long vacant space into a sophisticated, minimalist environment. Prices are on the upper end for New Haven, with apps in the $8 - $15 range and entrees from the mid $20's to low $30's.
      Our only complaints were:
      1 - service was not up to the standards that we have come to expect from Roomba. Our server, while efficient, could only be described as a bit "goofy."
      2 - Given the complexity and sophistication of the food, the wine list is disappointing, very limited and quite expensive. One of my pet peeves has been the increasing greed of restaurant owners in routinely selling wines at more than triple retail prices, which essentially allows them a 4-5 time markup over cost. I understand that Franco spent a very considerable amount of money in creating this very handsome space, and it is clear that wine sales are intended to help defray the cost.
      3 - There is a prix fixe option for $59 (unheard of in New Haven!) that included dishes not available on the ala carte menue. As long as those are being prepared in the kitchen, why not make them available to those of us that don't want a cheese course or dessert?
      All in all, Bespoke is definitely a worthy addition to the dining scene in New Haven and I am sure that it will do very well. That being said, as more and more decidedly upscale restaurants continue to open in New Haven, at what point will there be oversaturation?

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      1. Different people have different experiences - this is, after all, highly subjective stuff.
        My complaints about the service really pertained only to our waiter (as in the guy who took our orders!) He was not unpleasant in any way, just a little too casual. I've had much, much less professional service elsewhere, but at Franco's restaurants, nothing less than totally professional is what is expected. Our overall service "experience" was excellent - and professional - I just would have expected a bit more polish from the waiter.
        As for the wines, again, no complaints with the items on the list, it was just that at a restaurant of this caliber, I would expect a deeper list.
        We will return soon....

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        1. re: lsnhc

          I haven't been there yet, but perhaps it is just because it is new. There is nothing like going to another New Haven restaurant and having to pick 3 wines off the list becuase the first two are out. This has happened to me on several occasions.

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          1. Love BESPOKE and going to the Owl next door for jazz or just have a cocktail and smoke, BESPOKE bar is set up for social interaction and it is a beautiful place to hang or eat, I meet many people there last Friday