[Slightly updated because mobile blogging missed a few edits. Also with added linkage.]
Fairfield County has a startling array of entirely mediocre restaurants pretending to be better than they are and often, charging accordingly.
Which makes it even more of relief that not only is there finally a good restaurant, but it’s only minutes away! You chaps who live somewhere may not realise how exciting this is, but for all that I love Easton, it’s not a town anyone would class as convenient for services beyond Christmas trees and horse riding lessons.
So hello Stepney Kitchen. And thank you for (a) having a vegetarian special on the menu; (b) making it a good one -risotto with peas, asparagus and mushroom; (c) providing good service; (d) letting us linger comfortably over our meal; (e) not charging for corkage (they are BYO); (f) focusing on organic, locally sourced food as much as possible.
I was eating with Dorothy and Hobgoblin, which guarantees a good time anyway, but I was glad the food matched the company. Hobgoblin generously let me try his soup of the day, a delicious potato and garlic concoction. I believe their steaks were spot on too, and certainly the fact that none of us left a scrap on our plates argues for both good food and that other novelty around these parts, appropriate portion sizes.
Which meant we could face the dessert menu. Dor and Hobs got the chocolate biscuit, which looked amazing. I was busy being defeated by a large slice of lemon poppy-seed cake with berries: firm, moist and not too sweet.
The restaurant has recently added a patio, in time for warmer weather, and I can already see myself spending time there on summer Fridays… See you there!