While we were shopping in Milford recently we decided to ask around for a good place to grab a late lunch. Seeing how we have never visited this section of Milford we asked the locals at Milford Photo for suggestions. The unanimous choice was Bistro Basque and since it was just across the street at 13 River Street we walked on over.
As we entered, we noticed that only two other people were in the restaurant, but it was only 5:00 pm. on a Saturday night. We were quickly greeted and advised that we could sit at any table we wanted. We decided to sit in the main dining area at the back of the restaurant. The decor was simple, but warm and friendly.
13 River Street
Milford, CT 06460
Our server quickly provided us with menus and some tasty bread to munch on as we awaited our food. Wendy decided to have a glass of Malbec and I went with a Daytrader cocktail. As we were enjoying our bread and drinks, the manager walked over and we struck up a conversation. Before we knew it, he was showing us the additional dining area near the kitchen which also had a patio area for those warmer nights of dining. After returning from our adventure, he stated we arrived just before the Saturday crowd took over the restaurant. That certainly was fine with us because we then had the whole restaurant to ourselves.
I asked what style of cuisine Bistro Basque offered and he referred to the name “Bistro Basque” and that the “Basque” referred to the Basque region that is divided between France and Spain. So, in other words the food is a blend of Spanish and French cuisine with a regional touch. They suggested several different tapas and entrees. We decided to go somewhat light for a change.
We each started off with a salad. Wendy decided upon the Salade d’Endives, a splendid blend of endive, beets, roquefort cheese, pears, and walnuts all topped with a light and slightly creamy chef’s vinagrette. Whereas I went with the Salade Landaise, a large salad plate loaded with frisee, chunks of smoked duck, dried plum and walnuts, lightly dressed with a chef’s vinagrette. Each salad was quite delightful, light with dressing, but flavorful with ingredients that nicely complemented each other.
The Daytrader cocktail was a blend of silver tequilla, aperol, lime-rose syrup, citrus, and bitters. Wendy opted to have the Cheese Platter as her “main” course. It came with with Basque, French, Spanish cheese, walnuts, grapes, and strawberries. Bread slices accompanied the platter. Each cheese offered a different, but lovely texture and taste.
I do not recall ever having Portuguese sausage, so I decided to try the Boudin aux pommes. Four good size pieces of Portuguese sausage sitting atop apple compote. The sausage was of the mild version having deep flavors that was complemented by the sweetness of the apple compote.
The Bistro Basque turned out to be a good choice as the food was good and the serve was outstanding.