Terrain Garden Café has created quite a stir ever since it opened its doors back in June of this year. I had been hearing the buzz about Terrain coming to Westport since the beginning of this year. Well before it was due to open, I looked it up on the internet and was intrigued… a garden center that houses a café supporting local produce and celebrating fresh ingredients. I could not wait to check it out! Believe it or not, it took me three tries before I could get a table at the restaurant. (The trick is to call ahead and make sure a table is reserved for you)
Finally, in the last couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of lunching at Terrain as well as meeting friends at their café for some delightful coffee and croissants.
Joe Wolfson – a rising star from Alabama, named Food & Wine’s 2011 People’s Best New Chef from the Gulf Coast – is the star in this kitchen. With a wonderfully creative mind, he features one stellar dish after the other in his menu.
It was love at first bite for me, because the first thing I put in my mouth was this homemade bread served with maple butter! What an addictive flavor combo. I could not stop eating this goody. It helped set the tone for all the wonderful food yet to come.
The Café Burger is a must try on this menu. It is exceptionally juicy and oozing with flavors of caramelized onions, mushrooms, white cheddar and horseradish aioli.
I also love the Braised Short Rib on the small plates menu. Meat was literally falling off the bone – as it should be. Flavors were deep and rich as with any labor of love. Pure perfection!
The Stonington Scallops made for a stunning plate with a sauce made of sweet peppers, cilantro and jalapeno. Sweet and spicy flavor combination with the cilantro adding a fresh herb twist. Nicely done!
Making the most of its setting, Terrain offers indoor as well as outdoor dining. But no matter where you may sit, you are sure to feel warmly enveloped by nature in this garden center. It is like dining in a garden.
The coffee bar right outside the restaurant offers a wonderful casual alternative. With a small menu that changes regularly, they offer light fare: salads, sandwiches, croissants, scones and cookies. The coffee is worth a try here. Kyle, the resident coffee-gourmand, has travelled far and wide to explore and learn everything he can about coffee – so that we may savor the best sip there is. If you run into Kyle, you will immediately notice his passion for coffee. He says coffee is a more complex subject than wine. That statement alone got my attention – how fascinating … tell me more, Kyle!