Viceroy Publik House: A hip English Ale House with Indian roots opens in Stamford

 

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A new restaurant, pub and music venue has joined the restaurant scene in downtown Stamford Ct.  Viceroy Publik House is a unique  new addition to Summer Street and offers a two level townhouse where you can discover the fusion of Indian and English cuisine along with the energy and vibe of an upscale English pub.

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The theme recalls the British Raj era of Colonial Rule over India from 1858 to 1947.  Decor features vintage photographs and maps on the walls in the intimate and more formal downstairs dining room.  Upstairs is the Tiger Room which creates a hip and more modern atmosphere with its modern prints (including one of the Beatles in India), curved banquettes , bar with wine cabinet that looks like an English Telephone booth . A British Triumph motorcycle serves as a backdrop for the stage area which hosts different musical artists.

 

There is a list of interesting and creative cocktails including House of Victoria and the Bengal Tiger (gin based),  and  Sun City, an interesting take on the Mule with Bourbon and Ginger Beer.  All are interesting combinations that will have you sampling more than one from the bar.

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The menu that we sampled was classic English Pub Fare, elevated to a finer level and filled with Indian influences.  The Spicy Vindaloo Wings were tasty but I must caution as the hot spice will linger on your lips!  The Bombay burger is made from spiced lamb and served on a toasted brioche roll with fried egg and mint aioli.  A more modern version of the burger not found in your average pub and an example of the innovative way in which the Chef has developed the menu.

The Faroe Island Salmon was excellent and was served with an orange soy ginger glaze that gave this British favorite a bit more flavor.  The pub standard of Fish and Chips was great with tender sustainable cod prepared in a Heineken beer batter and served with Viceroy curry ketchup.

Also on the menu are items such as the Lamb Madras with lamb served in a madras curry and coconut cream with  rice pilaf.   The Bisto Steak is another good choice  and fits well in the overall British pub theme.

Music promoter and Stamford restaurateur Eric Monte is your host and can be seen moving about the restaurant mingling with guests, or introducing the band as it begins it set in the Tiger Room upstairs.

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photo credit: Viceroy Publik House

The Viceroy is certainly a very unique and lively restaurant  experience for our area and is one you will want to check out.

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Viceroy Publik House

211 Summer Street Stamford Ct

web http://www.viceroystamford.com      tel.  (203) 658-8423

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Garvan’s: A new American restaurant with an Irish twist

 

 

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As you drive along historic Huguenot Street  and into the pastoral setting of the New Paltz Golf course you will come upon a charming building (circa 1759) which is the home to the newest restaurant to join the busy New Paltz dining scene, Garvan’s.

This lovely gastro pub and fine restaurant  offers the diner several  delightful options.   The pub area with its low ceiling, white washed stone and original wood beams evokes the image of an authentic Irish pub.  Here you can find tavern fare as you gather with friends or family in this charming and inviting space.

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Pub area

The other two dining rooms on the first floor have a more formal and romantic feel and beautiful touches.  Each room features fireplaces, ornate molding, soft lighting and white linen covered tables.  There is tranquil Celtic music drifting through the dining rooms which is fitting as the restaurateur,  Garvan McCloskey comes from Ireland.  There is another dining room on the second floor as well as dining on the covered porch. Each of the dining rooms is named after a place in Ireland.

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Dining Room

 

Garvan immediately came to say hello and his warmth and charm made me feel right at home.  He is a wonderful example of hospitality at its best.   Garvan then explained our waiter would be bringing us some bread to start our meal that a special homemade recipe (made by his wife) consisting of imported Irish flour and Guinness stout.  It was a very hearty bread indeed.   Our waiter, Robert was quite attentive and helpful with suggestions and helping us choose from the menu.

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Home made Irish Brown Bread

The menu is best described as American classic cuisine with an Irish influence.  Ingredients are locally sourced when possible (such as meat from local New York State farms) and you can taste the quality.

Starters:  I began with pan seared Sea Scallops with a lemon beurre blanc sauce and served over parmesan risotto.  This appetizer was so light and fresh, I could have had this as my entree.  I also sampled the Lump Crab cake served with a red pepper sauce.  It was excellent and another creation from head Chef Josh Paige.

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Crab Cake

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Sea Scallops

Entree:  The menu features classic traditional American fare served in a modern fashion.  The Wild Grilled Salmon with an herb crust  was as fresh as it gets.  Tender and light and served with a leek fondue and a creamy parmesan risotto.    I strongly recommend this entree.  My dining companion ordered the Braised Short Rib which was fork tender beef with a Guinness stout demi glace and served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes.  A perfect choice for the meat lover.

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Wild caught Grilled Salmon

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Beef short rib

Dessert:  Don’t leave without trying the homemade apple pie.  This is an unique version prepared by Garvan’s wife and is an upside down apple pie made with sweet candied apples and served with ice cream. Yum!

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Upside down Apple Pie

Garvan’s is a special place.  Its warmth and charm is present from the moment you walk into this historic building and the classic cuisine with a hint of Ireland will satisfy your appetite.  The service was excellent with an old fashion hospitality not often found in modern restaurants.    Don’t miss this new gem in New Paltz.

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Garvan’s

215 Huguenot Street New Paltz New York

845-255-7888    http://wwwgarvans.com/

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