Time to try Arethus al Tavolo, a gourmet farm to table restaurant in Bantam.
Sadly, the desserts (the best things on the menu) are the most likely to change, and are no longer listed on the menu.
Pork Belly Dumplings
The dumpling wrapper is nice, but the pork and sauce are overpoweringly smoky.
While the Armagnac sauce and prunes add a pleasant touch, the dish overall is just average.
The Rating: Pork Belly Dumplings
Most components are commonplace and can be found at a grocery store.
However, the crisps served alongside are noteworthy.
But otherwise, it’s nice cheese.
The Rating: Cheese Board
Bleu Cheese Mousse (amuse bouche)
Strong bleu cheese is balanced well with sweet quince and tangy green apple.
An interesting blend of flavors that works nicely.
The ice cream cones is a nice touch.
Rating: Bleu Cheese Mousse (amuse bouche)
Ora King Salmon
Served with a creamy sauce and crunchy cabbage, creating a pleasant texture contrast.
The peppery sauce complements the salmon well.
The Rating: Ora King Salmon
Pekin Duck Breast Glazed with Yuzu Honey
The spaetzle has a pronounced anise flavor which might not be to everyone’s taste.
However, the duck is cooked to perfection with excellent fat, crisp skin, and rich flavor.
The Rating: Pekin Duck Breast Glazed with Yuzu Honey
Chips don’t quite hit the mark, but the yellowtail itself is fresh and delicious.
Accompanied by cucumber and yuzu for a fresh, zesty taste.
The Rating: Yellowtail Tartare
Lemon Curd Tart
An adventure in taste with tart lemon and deep butterscotch flavors.
It requires some effort to get the full experience, but it’s rewarding.
The Rating: Lemon Curd Tart
Resembles a molten lava cake, incredibly rich and intensely chocolatey.
The raspberry ice cream and mini macarons are pleasant but the cake alone is the star.
The Rating: Chocolate Cake
So what is there to Arethusa al Tavolo? The best things on the menu are appetizers and desserts. Main courses are somewhat disappointing. If Arethusa al Tavolo were in a major city or near some big destinations (not out in the middle of the woodsy quiet corner), it would be the perfect place to stop in and sit at the bar, having just an appetizer before going out or a dessert towards the end of the night. As a fine dining restaurant, however, it doesn’t quite fit.
Arethusa al Tavolo
Address: 828 Bantam Rd, Bantam, CT 06750
Hours: Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Thursday 5:30pm to 9pm
Friday to Saturday 5pm to 9:30pm
Menu (Changes daily)