Situated at the corner of Washington Street and North Water Street in South Norwalk, CT is the recently opened Washington Prime, Eating + Drinking Well. Specially located at 141 Washington, it is the creative vision of restaurateurs Rob Moss and restaurateur Marco Siguenza with Executive Chef Jared Falco creating the dishes presented form the kitchen.
These three approached Washington Prime with “a simple philosophy; quality food and drink presented by an attentive staff, set within a vibrant, comfortable space. No gimmicks – just honesty and creativity in their offerings and genuine hospitality at the forefront.”
An inviting outside lounge area is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a delightful drink while munching on small plates on a cozy New England summer evening. Or enjoy dinner at the outdoor tables on the side while viewing the water across the street.
Washington Prime menu offers New England seafood dishes, modern comfort foods, multitude of small plates with exciting flavor, hearty salads, delicious prime steaks, raw bar, and side dishes that have a southern twist. Chef Jared Falco’s Long Island history combined with his forward thinking approach and simple fresh ingredients shines throughout their offerings.
During our recent visit, we sampled nearly everything on the menu, starting with cocktails.
The Rose: Absolut ruby red vodka, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and house grenadine
Moscow Mule: Tito’s vodka, ginger puree, lime juice, and ginger beer (in a copper mug)
Basil Smash: Tanquery 10 gin, basil, simple syrup, and lemon juice
Pippi Longstocking: Smirnoff vodka, muddled strawberry, vanilla bean, and lime juice.
While enjoying our drinks we were treated to the Seafood Tower consisting of colossal shrimp, local oysters, little necks, Alaskan king crab leg, Maine lobster served with spicy mustard, house cocktail sauce, and classic mignionette. Accompanying the tower was the Pork Belly with foie gras powder.
Having our appetite in gear, we adventured over to our table where we worked our way through the menu. Starting with offerings from the “Small plates” including the Lobster bisque with parsley creme fraische; Deviled eggs with creamy yolk, prime meatball, pickled onions, and foie gras powder; and the Knuckle & Claw: Long Island lobster pieces served with Tennessee blue grits, lobster sauce, smoked butter and tobiko.
Continuing with small plates were the Wings: fried wings with kimchi sauce, scallions, soy, and chili; and Poutine; oxtail ragu served over house freis, cheese curds, and green onions. Another cocktail offered was the Prime Margarita with black sea salt on the rim
More samplings from the “small Plates” were the Octopus with pickled onions, duck fat marble potato, and pepper emulsion and Burrata with creamy slaw, sambal aioli, sesame, and pretzel bread.
For salads we had the Prime Wedge: gem iceberg wedge toped with pickled heirloom tomatoes, bacon, Ewes blue cheese, chili, and house ranch dressing; and the Chop Chop Salad: chopped iceberg and romaine lettuce mixed with bell peppers, onion, carrot, provolone cheese, salami, and red wine vinaigrette
Samplings of the beef included perfectly cooked, beautifully charred, and tender USDA Prime steaks: 8 oz. filet mignon, 18 oz. ribeye, and 32 oz. porterhouse (dry aged 28 days).
From the sea side of the Land & Sea entrees were the Grouper served over Carolina gold rice, tomato, asparagus, and carrot butter sauce; and Scallops resting on a bed of middlins, corn relish, nicoise olives, and hunters sauce.
As if we have not already had a fest, we closed out the evening with dessert: Ice cream cookie with cereal milk, Key Lime pie, Cheesecake, and Chocolate cake stuffed ice cream and drizzled with butterscotch topping
Chef Jared presented each dish to us while describing his thoughts behind its creation. Macro stopped by often to answer any and all questions that we had. What a wonderful evening we had sampling the many excellent offerings at Washington Prime. If you are in the area and looking for a place to relax and enjoy a cocktail and a light meal or full dinner, then Washington Prime is the place.