Last Tuesday, we had the pleasure of attending a blogger dinner at Post 154 in Westport, CT. I had been dying to check it out, especially since it’s so close to where I work and because I watched the transformation from the historical post office to beautiful restaurant.
Right as we walked in, I could tell that the bar might just be our new favorite spot. The decor is super sophisticated and classy – I just love it. And it’s always good sign when there is an open kitchen! To make things even better, there’s an awesome outdoor patio, which will be perfect in the warm weather.
We located our group and sat down in the bar area for drinks. When I looked down and saw the tasting menu, we almost died! 6 courses of different dishes to try. Good thing we were hungry!
So let’s start with the drinks! We ordered the Amante Picante, but unfortunately were very disappointed. We suspect that the bartender must have made a mistake because ours didn’t look anything like the one pictured below, which was ordered by someone else at our table. We’ll have to try it again!
Everyone else really loved their drinks. The Basil Pomegranate Lemon Drop Martini and Strawberry Moon-jito were a big hit. And for the wine lovers, you’ll be happy to know that the wine list is also stocked with lots of great choices!After our cocktails, the food started to come out. We tried so many amazing things – it’s hard to pick a favorite!
The first two things they brought out weren’t even on our tasting menu. I really loved the Crab Tater Tots – they were flavorful and perfectly fried, and not fishy at all. The Plantain Tostones were a little dry, but with a little sauce, they were pretty good.
I really liked the Portugese Octopus and most bites were really tender. Naturally, a few bites were kind of chewy, but the flavors were delicious! Portugese Octopus is hard to cook because it’s very thick. Especially when it’s cut into such small pieces!
The Lobster Quesadillas were delicious too. I thought the smokiness of the sauce mixed with the guacamole was fabulous.
But our favorite was definitely the mussels! It’s been a while since we’ve had good mussels! The broth was seriously out of this world! Smoky with big chunks of chorizo … doesn’t get any better!Course 2
Everything in this course was to our liking! I really can’t decide what was my favorite – they are all so different.Course 3
I am such a soup lover, so this might have been one of my favorite dishes of the night. And to top it off, it didn’t have heavy cream – just a little bit of crème fraiche. I asked our fantastic server, Nicole, how they make this and she said that they actually make the broth our of corn husks and puree roasted corn! DELICIOUSNESS!Course 4
Jeff and I really can appreciate the flavors in these next dishes, but we can also understand how some people may not love it as much. We really liked the smokiness of the salmon – the smoked tomato coulis was a powerhouse in the dish. However, since the salmon was grilled and broiled, our salmon was overcooked. I probably would have just grilled it. The flavors were really nice!
The Scallops & Grits were also very flavorful, but the grits were too soupy for us. We learned that the “Smoked Ham Jus” is really what makes the grits soupy, so you can ask them to leave that out. But we were big fans of the Tabasco Crisps!! I’d love to learn how to make those since Jeff and I love spicy food!Course 5
Pure perfection. We loved the steak and BBQ pork – I can’t wait to go back for some more!
I’m usually not a huge macaroni & cheese person, but these were amazing! They were made with sharp cheddar cheese and had such a delicious flavor. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed Mac & Cheese so much!Course 6
Jeff really loved the Apple Empañadas because they reminded him of churros, his all time favorite. On the other hand, I really loved the Chocolate Flan, which is not surprising because I love chocolate, but IS surprising because I normally do not care for flan. The deserts were served beautifully and all tasted delicious! You can’t go wrong with any of these 3 desserts.So overall, we really enjoyed our evening at Post 154 and have already been back once with friends for drinks. The chef really embraces BOLD flavors – smokiness, spices, and pairings. So if you’re in the mood for something different, Post 154 is the place to try!
Overall, our favorite dishes were:
- Golden Corn Bisque
- St. Louis Ribs
- Guava BBQ Pork Tenderloin & C.A.B Churrasco Steak
- Eggplant Meatball Parmesan
- Duck Confit Taquitos
Address: 154 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 454-0154
Attire? Business Casual
Vibe? Modern, Classy, Chic
Lunch: Noon – 3 PM, Dinner: 5:30 PM – midnight, Happy Hour: 3 PM – 6 PM
Parking: Street or free valet service available