Two new Milford CT rests: Bin 100 and Bridge House
- cheereeo Dec 8, 2007 06:46 PM
I see that both of these restaurants have opened. Don't know much about either.
Bin 100 is on the corner of Landsdale Avenue and Bridgeport Avenue and Bridge House is down in Devon on the left before you get to the Devon/Stratford Bridge, both right off Exit 34 of I-95..
The only thing I found on Bin 100 is from Craig's List saying it is an "upscale" restaurant in its employment ad and that candidates with wine knowledge are a plus, so I'm guessing maybe this is like a winebar/upscale restaurant. (I think a rest with a similar name in Hartford exists.) Looks really cool from the street. The old Bikram Yoga Studio has been transformed into a store-front hip looking place. 203/882-1400.
Bridge House is where Bel-Air Seafood used to be years and years ago and then a church had renovating there but that never came to fruition and then this restaurant completely renovated again, added parking and has opened. I don't know anything about this place
Please let us know if you dare to be one of the firsts to try or have any other info you can share..
P.S. I also heard that Red Fin in Stratford, CT (just over the bridge) closed,claiming the reason as the new BJ's patrons were going to take all their parking spots! Oh well. . . that was short-lived.
i have tried both Bin 100 and the Bridge House.....Now before I give my short "review" let me first say that its my first such review on this site and also that I am a Chef who has worked in and ran some of the busiest and best places throughout Fairfield County.
Bin 100: is the FAR better place of the two very simply stated, Better Chef and MUCH better food. I have tried only a few entree on there menu but I think I have had all of the "smaller plates" and of them the sliders are my choice. I have to also say that the churros on the dessert menu are worth a drive from ANYWHERE as the are by far the best I have ever had and they are made fresh as soon as you order them so when they hit your table they are HOT crunchy and amazing. Now there is NO place that is perfect and this in no exception the owner while she seems like a nice lady needs to either put her kids to work in the kitchen or send them home as it seems everytime I go there they are sitting in different spaces in the place just kind of sitting there at the bar or at the hostess stand slouched in a chair or what-not. I also saw a plunger in plain view in the mens room. OVERALL I love the food I LOVE the design inside but the "teen daycare" feel needs to change before they get busy. And one more thing.....I think they should get a "semi-private" area for staff and ownership to eat in my opinion the bar is not the place to eat your dinner every night. Will not stop going back cause its the best place in Milford already just hope they "tighten up" all the loose ends or even better hire a General Manager with fine dining experience.
Bridge House: First off the parking that the original poster mentioned was full while the restaurant was less the 30% full, had to walk on the post rd and down a side street to get to our car after dinner. The place just like the "BIN" is beautiful inside you can tell that they took there time while building it. We had some apps and my guest had the snapper, I had the short "rib" which albeit very tiny was spot on all of the flavors were right and the pumpkin seeds finished the dish perfectly, also had the mac n cheese which I felt was a bit salty(I love salt and use it VERY liberally in my kitchen) but to me this one was a bit on the salty side and I can only imagine what your run of the mill old Milford lady would say about the salt level "Way to much" which was just what my aunt told me about it after she tried it. Also I had the samosa here is where I was a bit let down, the filling was weak the dipping sauce though called "fiery mango" was not spice at all and the salad that it was perched on was not even OK. The snapper was VERY over cooked and dry along with the mango and papaya being about 6 months out of season and boy did they taste it. I did love the bread pudding very much although you could very clearly taste boxed vanilla pudding mix in it dont know why but it was there. The service here was not good at all we saw our server when we sat down and after that delt with a trainee and a bus girl who when we said "thank you" for filling up our water her responce more the five times was......YUP! Now I know the talent pool for "fine dining" or "upscale" servers is not in Milford or surrounding towns but Bin 100 seems to have it down after just a few weeks.
overall both places were good "Bin100" like I said is the better of the two but I get the feeling that neither place has very much "upscale" background (aside from the chef at Bin) and needs to learn that you must do more to gain upscale status besides charge 24 dollars for and entree or offer sparking or still water.......
thanks for reading and eat well!
Thank you so much for your report. It was a fabulous first-time review. We love to hear from fine chefs. Anyway, your impression of the 'youngsters' hanging out at Bin drives me crazy--I remember that from that Red Fin place in Stratford that has since closed down. And I totally agree about your comment about places having to 'do more to gain upscale status beside charging 24 dollars'--this is such a true statement. I never mind paying for great food but sometimes it is so unwarranted at wanna-be places. Well. . . I have reservations at Bin tonight and will let you know my opinion too. Thanks again!
I have been to both places, although I only went for a glass of wine at Bin. The inside of the restaurant is very nice and the wine list had some great selections. Unfortunately I did not have anything to eat but the menu seemed very interesting, I will be sure to go back for a meal. I did have dinner at the bridge House and I was quite pleased with the experience. This restaurant is by no means a upscale place. The atmosphere is very comfortable and was very well done. The mahogany wood tables and bar are absolutely beautiful. The menu prices are very reasonable, I think the menu said something for everyone and that is exactly what is was. This is exactly what Devon needs. Some creative apps, salads, burgers and even a great selection of main courses that were very unique. My guest and I had shared a few dishes starting with the salt baked baby beets which the waiter explained that the beets are baked in salt which acts like a oven and the beets actually cook in their own juices. The most intense beet flavor I have ever experienced. The mini "Tacos" of yellow fin tuna was very creative served with yuzu a japanese citrus, a very fun dish to eat. The main course selections were some the best comfort food preparations I have had in a long time. The short Ribs were cooked perfectly and the hint of ginger and lemongrass lightened the flavor profile of the dish. The braised pork shank was prepared extremely well and it was finished with gremolata a mixture of lemon , parsley and garlic. The chef really seems to know about comfort food, using flavors to balance the taste of braised items. The bread pudding and the freshly made sorbets were both executed very well. Service needed some work as well as the timing of the food but this is expected for a new restaurant. Parking is tight but as I was told you can park on both sides of the post road. This place does have something for everyone with seasonal ingredients and a moderately price wine list. A local eatery with something to say....GO DEVON!!!!!
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We happened to drive by The Bridge House last night and thought we'd at least take a look at the menu so if we were in the area (our summer home is just a few minutes away) we'd know what to expect. Frankly, although we didn't eat there, I was surprised at the menu, based on "food and wine's" comments above. While it may not be considered "upscale" compared to a number of Fairfield county restaurants, it certainly is upscale for Devon! Also, I guess that in this day and age, "moderate" prices are not what they used to be! I was very surprised to see that for the most part, entrees were in the $20 - $25 range, definitely not what I expected from the description above, and given the new fine dining establishments in Milford (Bistro Basque, JohnnyRay's, Bin 100) all have entrees in this price range, I don't really think you could consider it a "neighborhood place."
All that being said, it did look inviting and we will definitely check it out!
Yes I do agree with you that it may be upscale for Devon but at the end of the day it really is not upscale. Where in the area can you go dressed as you are and have a burger and a beer in that kind of atmosphere or if you choose to have a nicely prepared entree and a glass of wine at a good price point. I live in Devon and this is exactly what this part of Milford needs. In my opinion this is the way the restaurant industry needs to go, considering the demographics of the area.
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New to Chowhound but grew up with restaurant parents. I have been to Bridge house 3 times and I keep going back for the cavatelli!! I have had various soups, all amazing, especially carrot ginger, yum! If you want a true gastropub (their word, not mine..look it up!)experience, I think Bridge house is almost there.
Bin 100 appears to have a website that is still under construction: www.bin100restaurant.com
So, we went to Bin 100 on Friday night, 7PM reservations for two. We had a wonderful experience there and did not witness any of the "teen daycare" that Chef Lee experiences, thank goodness. Perhaps they read his post and nipped this in the bud! When we arrived, the restaurant was just under half full and stayed that way through our meal. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting and very nicely decorated. (Neither of us got to scope out the bathrooms, but I'm sure they were nice too.) When we left, the bar seating was all full except for the soft seating area. We had a wonderful waiter, I think his name was Daniel. He was fabulous and really added to our experience. Although relatively new there, he had the menu memorized and had immediate answers to all of our questions. It was clear that he, too, had a food background. So personable; he made what could have been a pretentious night out, very much not, even with the crumb sweeping going on, which I usually hate. The male manager was very gracious as well very in control of his restaurant, as were the unassuming floor staff. Daniel told us that the chef is of Portuguese decent, trained at the French Culinary Institute in NYC by way of a couple Greenwich restaurants. The bread was a fresh mix and served with this very nice roasted tomato spread. They started our meal with a complimentary shooter of apple and celery that was quite interesting and yummy. We are not drinkers so I cannot speak to their wine list. We started with the Buffalo sliders and Smokey Pork Egg Rolls. The egg rolls were our favorite and the asian slaw that they were served on was equally as crunchy delicious. I wish the sliders were served on a smaller bun; I found the amount of bread too much for the sweet morsel of burger and onion marmalade/salty ricotta within, but it was cute how the chef served it with this incredible tiny tofu "vanilla shake" shooter alongside--spin on American burger and shake. My DH and I split the Winter Caprese salad which I can honestly say has been one of the best I have ever had, even in the winter, the tomatoes were delicious and it had to be some of the softest, creamiest buffalo mozz I have ever tried--Daniel said they buy it from a third party. For our main meal, my DH had the Beef Short Rib (seems to be the trend at restaurants lately) which were really excellent over polenta with pickled cauliflower, pears with a red wine glaze. I had the Roasted Snapper with squash gnocchi, apples, cinnamon brown butter and toasted pumpkin seeds--I was worried about the cinnamon overpowering the fish, but just like someone else said, the fish was cooked perfectly. For dessert, I chose the Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding and my DH had the churros, which were great served with a small hot chocolate on the side.
All in all, this was a great experience. The chef clearly likes to try a lot of the trendy things with the small cup concoctions, I saw a foam, and cheesecake lollipop (ala davidburke and donatella NYC), but it was great--we felt a bit like we were judges on the Top Chef. The evening we were there, they had a kale and potato soup special, which I'm sure with the chef's portugue background was probably amazing along with two entree specials that I can't remember. There are several other really appealing items on the menu that we didn't get to try such as grilled octopus salad with potato, apricots and preserved lemon; steamed mussels in a chorizo, lemongrass and coconut basil broth; Paella Valenciana for 2-6 persons and Spanish Barbecue for 2; Rabbit Fabada; and Angry Chicken among others.
Do Go. and Enjoy! Keep this gem going in Milford. They are trying hard.
Hello everyone! This is my first posting! As I live in Connecticut and am passionate about finding great food, I am so happy to see so many new eateries opening in this area! Great reviews on these two places!
Would any of you be able to tell me what kind of cuisine is served at Bin 100 and The Bridge House? Also, what is the dress attire for both? Many patrons in Milford dress casually at not-so-casual places.
all_about: I have only been to Bin100 so far, and it is a quite hip place with a trendy atmosphere. When we were there on a Friday night, we dressed up a bit (business work attire, no jeans, etc.) but I did notice that there were some more casually dressed folks at other tables. So, I think you would feel OK if you went dressed down, but would probably feel better about yourself if you avoided messy jeans and t-shirts. However, in the same note, if you had a trendy pair of $200 jeans and a nice crisp shirt with cool shoes, you'd fit right in too. And, there's a link to Bin's website in an earlier post, but if I had to describe it, I would say meditteranean, asian, spanish, new american (?). Let us know what you think if you try one of these.
We tried Bridge House recently and were very disappointed. As a resident of Devon, I hope they find a way to work out the problems in the kitchen so we finally have a decent restaurant in the area.
I was pleasantly surprised to find Johnny Ray's - considering I drive by that building most weekday mornings. It wasn't until I was having my car washed across the street that I noticed this restaurant. The food was good, comfortable atmosphere, and the service was adequate.
I'll have to try Bin 100 soon - although not close enough to walk (as is the case with Bridge House). After living in Devon for over 10 years having to go outside of town for better than average food, nice to have options close by.