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Jun 22, 2008 07:17 AM

Going BACCHUS for More (South Norwalk, CT)

Went to Bacchus again last night and have to say this is far and away the best restaurant in SoNo, CT right now. Very good food, very good service, very good atmosphere. One of the few places in SoNo that I would say are worth SoNo prices. I'm amazed I'm the only one reviewing this restaurant. I had the seared scallops with truffled risotto and that was excellent. My wife had the Ostrich special which she loved. Ceasar salad is great as well with huge crisps of romaine and just the right amount of dressing. If you like Pinot Noir, I must recommend the Stephen Ross. All in all, Bacchus is a welcome and bustling addition to SoNo. I'll be back.

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  1. I've looked at the menu and it just wasn't appealing to me. It seemed to be all over the place and overwhelmingly long. There are many restaurants in Sono that we enjoy and think are very good, and this one doesn't entice us. We ate at the previous incarnation once and didn't have a great experience either, so we never went back. But, glad that there are more choices down in Sono for everyone!

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    1. re: sibeats

      I guess I'm a little confused here. You've never eaten there, but you know you don't like it? That's interesting.

      1. re: UWStoSONO

        No, that's not what I said. I said that we ate there when it was Bistro Du Soleil and didn't like it.
        In regards to Bacchus, I said that the menu was not appealing to me, so we haven't gone.
        You said you were amazed that no one else was reviewing the restaurant, so I gave my reason for not going.

        1. re: sibeats

          Well that's not a review either. Why don't you go there, try it out, and maybe then write something about the restaurant? I ate there when it was Bistro Du Soleil and didn't like it either. Luckily, they are two completely different restaurants with two completely different menus. What other restaurants in SoNo do you find enticing?

          1. re: UWStoSONO

            I was not "reviewing" the restaurant. I was passing along my reason why we hadn't gone since you seemed to be looking for answers as to why no one else had reviewed it. I guess I was mistaken, so I apologize for wasting your time.
            In Sono we enjoy going to Match, Osetra, Wasabi Chi and Barcelona.

            1. re: sibeats

              I'm reviewing restaurants online on a Sunday so you're obviously not wasting my time at all. I apologize if my tone came across that way. I was just wondering how Bacchus could be so packed with people on a Saturday night and have barely a word written on Chowhound.
              I've been to all the restaurants you mentioned and to be honest I just have a problem with many of them and feel Bacchus is far superior. The entrees at Match seemed to be oversalted and trying way too hard and it's tough to justify those prices with decor more relavent to 1994. I do love the tuna tartare there though. Osetra was ehhh. I appreciate their creativity, but again, I just felt the food was bland and missing something, especially with the decor barely being changed from Porter House. Barcelona has a great atmosphere and I always have fun there, but I feel the food just can't keep up. I had the chicken one night and couldn't even eat it, there was so much salt the plate. Ate at Wasabi a couple times and liked it. Either way, if you like those restaurants, I'd be interested to see your take on Bacchus. I think you'll enjoy.

              1. re: UWStoSONO

                No problem, I realize that sometimes "tone" is difficult to read on a written forum.
                There are very few posts about most of these restaurants. I find that the "tristate region" tends to be very Westchester heavy. I've posted many threads about Westport and Fairfield places and have gotten zero response. It seems as though the further south we go, the less CHer's there are!
                We've been going to Match for years, and like it very much. I usually order off of the specials menu and am always happy with my choices. There are some posters here who aren't big fans of Match, but it's another example of a very successful restaurant that is packed every night, but doesn't get the CH exposure.
                We've been to Osetra 3 times, the first we loved, and since then it's fallen off a little bit, but I'm holding out hope that they keep it together because I love the concept and have had many fine dishes there (but I agree on hating the layout of the place). Barcelona has it's hits and misses, but again, we usually enjoy most of our tapas.
                We'll give Bacchus a try next time we head down there!

                1. re: sibeats

                  Doh...I meant North...not my comment above!!!

          2. re: UWStoSONO

            One of my pet peeves: A restaurant that calls itself Bacchus, but does not list the vintages for most of the wines on the list. That is just poor.

            1. re: jp62

              Agreed. It's still a good restaurant though and although the wine list might look aestetically amateurish, I enjoyed what I had. (Prosecco to start and Stephen Ross Pinot Noir with my meal). I mean it's not Per Se, but for a sub $200 meal in SoNo, I found it to be just what I was looking for.

              1. re: UWStoSONO

                Is the menu anywhere on-line? I've only seen it in their window and would love to be able to check it out without feeling like I'm staring at the people eating inside!!

                1. re: sibeats

                  You're right, it's so awkward to look at a menu in the window while people are trying to eat right there. Unfortunately, I can't find the menu anywhere online either.

          3. re: sibeats

            I agree the menu is not appealing and the food is just not good. The owners started in Rowayton several years ago as Bistro Du Soleil with no sucess. The resturant then moved to South Norwalk and has been renovated 3 times in the last few years.The resturant is still owned by the same people who owned the Bistro Du Soleil. They changed the name, did a little renovation work to try and make a difference but the quality of food is still bad and not worth the money..

            1. re: pharaohos

              I just ate here on Saturday and I thought it was excellent. Great location, good atmosphere inside. I had a couple bottles of an Argentinian Malbec ($35 price point one), which was excellent. Started with the fried asparagus hearts (amazing) and the tuna tartare, which was phenomenal. Had the sea scallops with truffle risotto as main - companion had paella. Loved the scallops and then the deserts were fun - got the molten chocolate cake with ice cream and a glazed pear dish. Sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed the bartender. Loved the floor to ceiling windows in the front - those tables looked great!
              Only one of the owners from Bistro is still there FYI. Others are new apparently.
              I totally recommend it to anyone looking for something new in SoNo...

                1. re: UWStoSONO

                  My wife and I ate here on Saturday night for our 1st wedding anniversary and could not have loved it more. When we arrived for our reservation we were informed our table would be next to a large party – roughly 15 people. We mentioned the special occasion to the maitre d' and he offered to buy us a round of drinks at the bar while we waited for another table to open.
                  We started with the mussels and $35 bottle of Argentinean Malbec. My wife had the rigatoni d’angelo and I had the 10oz. filet mignon (per the recommendation of the maitre d'). For dessert we had the pana cottta and chocolate mousse. Everything was absolutely delicious.
                  This is now one of our favorite places in SoNo. Great atmosphere, great food, and the service by the maitre d' alone was fantastic (he checked in on us several times throughout the night). I would definitely recommend this to anyone contemplating going, and for anyone who was unaware, their website is now up with full menu:

                  1. re: SonoLyons

                    Does anyone know if Bacchus is officially closed? I know it was closed for a long time due to disputes with the former owners and the website said it would be opening at some point earlier this year, but doesn't seem like anything has changed and now I think the website has been taken down.

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