Nataz Adventures in Eating
I had read about this place and heard it was good. I went with a group of girlfriends on Wed. night. They have pre-fixe deal for $20/person (up to 8 people). I was told by the waitress that it is $25/person if there are more than 8 in your party (I don't get that part). You don't know what will be served, it is Chefs Choice, but I was told that there would be a fish/beef/chicken dish included each night. Mostly everything is served family-style. We were first brought a platter of sliced fresh mozzarella and tomatoes with basil on top. There were 7 in my party and there were 7 slices. Next we were brought a very nice salad (not family style) that contained spinach, blueberries, melon, candied walnuts and a quite-tasty balsamic dressing. The next course was pasta and we were served a platter of home-made rigatoni stuffed with ricotta & spinach (I think) and covered in a sweet red sauce. Also there was a platter of huge home-made ravioli with a white sauce and fresh mushrooms in and around them. All very yummy. We were all getting full and the entrees hadn't arrived yet! The next course was a platter of zuppa de pesce (clams/mussels/crab) with angel hair pasta. Not too spicy, but quite good. Then a huge platter with boneless chicken breast accompanied by vegetables in a hoisin sauce. I did not have this, but everyone said it was good. The final platter we were served contained sliced filet mignon with mashed yukon gold potatoes. The meat was tender and the potatoes delicious. Dessert was not family style, but we were offered cheese cake with strawberries, tiramisu or devils food cake. I had the tiramisu and it was very light and delicious. This is a BYOB place and they charge $1.50/person corkage (which includes coffee/tea/soft drinks). The waitress brought us a bucket with ice to keep our bottles of wine cold. We all went home with 1 or 2 doggie bags each. They call it Adventures in Eating and it really was (in a good way!)
Nataz Restaurant & Catering
2025 Foxon Rd, North Branford, CT 06471
A great recommendation; this place looks so good an interesting and sounds so familiar. The name sounds familiar; did it used to be in New Haven? I love the idea of chef's choice--hopefully getting the freshest items of the day.
On the website, this was kind of confusing:
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 5 Courses meal for $20 its Chef choice
Prime beef $30
Bring your own Alcoholic beverage, we supply Soda, Tea and Coffee
Beverage charge $ 1.50
Does this mean that it's $20 Chef's Choice on Wed, Thu and Sunday and all the other days they are open, you choose your protein base for higher priced prix fix?
For the $20 Chef's Choice, you get what he decides to make. As you saw on my review, the night I went the 3 entrees were a seafood dish, chicken dish & a beef dish - enough for everyone to eat some of each with leftovers to bring home, as well. If you want to order off the menu, the prices were as you noted. I believe the Chef's Choice is only on Wed., Thurs., and Sunday. The other days you just order off the menu. I've only been the one time, so I can't be sure about this, but that's what I got out of it.
It was a fun thing to do and everyone enjoyed the food.