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May 24, 2007 12:31 PM

Anyone try Bistro Basque in Milford, CT yet?

Bistro Basque, new Spanish tapas (I think) place across from MIlford Photo in Downtown Milford. Anyone been yet? Also, Gourmet store next door too--I think it is a chain. If you go, let us know.

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  1. Funny this appeared when it did. I had to be in Milford this morning and drove by Bistro Basque..and was about to post the same as cheereeo!
    Any reviews?

    1. Hi,
      I live in Milford and I didn't think the restaurant had opened as yet. I just called them (11:30am/Friday) and no answer and no answering machine message.
      Bistro Basque
      13 River St
      Milford CT 06460-3313
      Phone: 203-878-2027

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      1. re: wintkat

        Also a milford resident; we're planning to drop by this weekend, and will report back :).

        1. re: ewanm

          I drove by again today and noticed that they were, in fact, open. Apparently, the phone # above is the line for their credit card machine!
          The menu, while relatively short, looked very enticing, with a nice selection of tapas and about 8 main dishes.
          More to follow

          1. re: lsnhc

            I always wondered why Tapas are so hot in CT?? I did some reaserch into it about 4 years ago and CT and NY where leaders in the tapas bars!!?!?

            1. re: barcelona

              We just returned from dinner at Bistro Basque and I am happy to report it is a very welcome addition to the dining scene in Milford. Beautifully designed (albeit VERY loud), it evokes a very hip, New York atmosphere in a formerly decrepit block in Milford.
              The food was excellent. Codfish fritters as tapas as well as couple of salads were uniformly delicious as well as beautifully presented. My wife had the mahi mahi on the menu and I had monkfish as a special, and both were excellent.
              The carmelized fruit crepe made a wonderful desert.
              We were delighted to see Oswaldo, formerly of the much missed Marbella in Stratford, who took wonderful care of us.
              We will definitely return very soon.
              P.S. The only downside was that they do not take reservations on weekends, and while we had no trouble getting in at 8:45, I have a feeling that as the word spreads, it might become difficult getting in at prime hours.

              1. re: lsnhc

                In the early 80’s, a restaurant called “Meson Galicia” opened in Norwalk, CT. The original location was on the Norwalk/Westport line, but then moved to Main St, downtown Norwalk. The owner then opened another place, a tapas place in New Haven and place in NYC. I think the one in NYC has closed or changed hands, but this man, Ignacio, was the first of many Spanish places in the area. His chef opened another place in Norwalk (across the street from Meson Galicia) called Mecca, which, I’ve heard, is very good.

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          1. I am more than miffed!!! We have eaten there twice (the last time being this past Saturday night) and have enjoyed it immensely both times. We had none of the problems that you mentioned. In fairness, one of the waiters knows us and the owner recognized us as diners at a restaurant in Soho several years ago (Cote d'Azur). Both times found the food to be very good (albeit not extraordinary) and the service was both attentive and solicitous. Both my wife and I are "foodies" and would not patronize any restaurant that did not treat us well or provide us with quality food.
            The first time we dined alone, and this past Saturday we brought another couple with us who also really enjoed the meal.
            Go figure!

            1. re: lsnhc

              anyone know what their sunday hours might be. They do not answer the phone # above. I am going this sunday afternoon if they are open. Thanks, Richie

              1. re: javaandjazz

                it turns out that the number listed above is their fax number. You'll have to call directory assistance to get the correct one!

                1. re: lsnhc

                  That number does not even work as a fax number.

                  1. re: javaandjazz

                    This is from their website:
                    We are conveniently located at 591 Boston Post Road in Milford, CT 06460. Tel 203-283-5033 / Fax 203-283-5035.

                    For reservations, please call us at 203-283-5033.

                    1. re: cheereeo

                      Bistro Basque is located in downtown Milford not on the Boston Post Road

                      13 River St
                      Milford CT 06460

                      Here's the working phone number, I just tried it and got automated response with hours of operation
                      (203) 878-2092

                      1. re: cheereeo

                        HI, What is their website, I can't seem to find it. Thanks, Richie

                        1. re: javaandjazz

                          I got the phone number from

                          we ate there in June. on the back of their menu was their website which I have tried a few times since and it is always "under construction"

                          now today I can't exactly remember it and too much time has passed and my computer won't bring it up automatically

                          it was bistrobasque with either a "usa" or "us" in it somewhere

                        2. re: cheereeo

                          PLEASE FORGIVE ME. THIS IS WRONG; I have my restaurants confused. I'm watching two Milford threads and got confused. What a bimbo! Sorry.

                          1. re: cheereeo

                            I just got home from here. Went with one of my friends. We had an early here around 5pm. Milford is starting to feel like NYC now! We both shared the portuguese sausage and apple appetizer and the goat cheese and tomato toasts. They both were excellent. My friend had the lamb chops or lamb lollipops and I had the flank steak. Both came with ratatouille(sp?) and gratin potatoes. His lamb was excellent. He passed a lollipop over to me and I gave him a nice piece of the very tender flank steak. Mine had a pepper corn sauce over the steak. He had the orange flan for dessert and I had a not so sweet apple tart. I would have preferred it a bit sweeter but it was still enjoyable. The staff was very friendly and so was the owner. I will definitely go back again. Also, next door is a new upscale gourmet shop that just opened 3 weeks ago. It's called Villa Gourmet and I felt like I was down in Westport being in this shop. It's beautiful. What's happening to the old Milford? It's becoming so Fairfield County now! Richie

              2. What a pleasure it has been to find a gourmet restaurant in the heart of our own town of Milford. We have been there twice, with friends from Ireland and on both occasions have found the staff to be friendly, efficient and helpful. Add to that delicious food, perfectly cooked and presented has resulted in two very enjoyable evenings. Our friends who have traveled many times to France, felt that this restaurant compared favorably with their experiences there. If you are looking for the speedy diner type experience please don't go to Bistro Basque. However, if you are looking for a relaxing, European style environment... where food is not rushed and the speed of service is always secondary to the culinary experience this is the restaurant for you. We look forward to returning very soon.

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                1. re: Denise Reilly

                  Finally made it here, for a 'datenight': called up ~5 p.m. on Thurs to be told 'booked, but patio space available' - in fact, when we opted for a/c they found us a 2-person table inside (although it was, indeed, full). This place is LOUD - so next time we'll wait for autumn and go for the patio - but the food ranged from good (portugese sausage, desserts) to great (white asparagus with ham and manchego, foie gras, paella). Staff were friendly and competent (although it was interesting hearing different descriptions of the same dishes from different staff!), and all-around highly recommended. My mojito was not great, but the food was easily good enough to compensat, frankly. We'll be back soon.