This winter has been a rough one to say the least.  We try to find things to distract us from the seemingly never-ending winter.  A few weeks back, while Cristina was out exploring Seattle, I had the opportunity to thoroughly distract myself on a Tuesday night out at Bistro 7 in Wilton.  I rarely venture too far up Route 7 into the Wilton/Ridgefield area, but there are some great places up that way.  Bistro 7 is establishing itself as a fixture in that area for good reason.  It has a great vibe, a welcoming staff and inventive cuisine.  The food changes seasonally and is sourced locally where ever possible.

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As this was my first visit to Bistro 7, I was very pleased to have the chance to try seven different courses and dessert.  The chef certainly demonstrated his range sending out things like Beef and Gouda Risotto Balls with Basil Pesto and Pan-Seared Swordfish with Mango Salsa and Mango Glaze.  They also put together a full pairing of different drinks to go with each course.

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Beef and Gouda Risotto Ball with basil pesto cream sauce

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Pork Meatball Skewer with pickled pearl onions

The Risotto Ball with the basil pesto stood out as most risotto balls are served with a red sauce.  It was a refreshing change to see it served that way.  Also, the Meatball Skewer surprised me with the pickled pearl onions.  It gave a nice sweetness to balance out the savory pork meatball.

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Scallop and Shrimp Ceviche with red onion and lime

Pan-Seared Swordfish with mango salsa and a mango glaze

Pan-Seared Swordfish with mango salsa and a mango glaze

The swordfish was my favorite item of the evening.  It was cooked perfectly and the mango salsa and glaze brought just right amount of sweetness to the dish.

Lentil Soup garnished with bacon

Lentil Soup garnished with bacon

On a cold winter night, there’s nothing like a good hearty soup to hit the spot.  The lentil soup with bacon definitely achieved the goal with the smoky aroma from the bacon bringing the dish to the next level.

Duck Prosciutto Sliders with grain honey mustard

Duck Prosciutto Sliders with grain honey mustard

The next dish we had was the Duck Prosciutto Slider.  I really liked the concept as someone who is a duck lover.  Unfortunately, the duck was a bit dry.  The whole grain mustard was a nice touch though that added just the right amount of spice.

Pulled Pork Chimichurri over sweet plantains

Pulled Pork Chimichurri over sweet plantains

One thing that Cristina and I love is pulled pork.  Add chimichurri and we’re in!  The chef did a great job putting this plate together.  The sweet plantains were a nice touch and have quickly become one of my favorite foods.

After all of these different courses, the chef brought out one of my favorite desserts – Butterscotch Pudding.

Butterscotch Pudding with chocolate coffee swirl

Butterscotch Pudding with chocolate coffee swirl

The Butterscotch Pudding was the second best I’ve ever had, Fat Cat Pie Co. in Norwalk being number one.

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I had a great time at Bistro 7 and will have to bring Cristina with me soon!

-Jeff

Bistro 7

Address: 991 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897

Phone: (203) 587-1287

Website:  bistro7wilton.com

Price: $$$

Do they take reservations? Yes, SeatMe

Attire?  Casual

Vibe?  Warm & Relaxed

Hours: Monday – Wed 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Thursday – Sat 11:30 AM- 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM