Bin 300

Bin 300

(with comments by MartiniHunter)

With the “Head Hunter” (a/k/a Tammy) being on vacation, it seemed like a perfect time to relax and enjoy a some lunch. Since Tammy was heading up to the Waterbury area for a meeting later that afternoon, it seemed like a great time to introduce her to one of Wolcott’s culinary treasures (THE ONE in my mind) – Bin 300. Joe and I have been here on many occasions for dinner, but we’ve never sat at the bar and had lunch. I have to say that it was just as enjoyable as all of our dinner experiences have been.

I arrived a few minutes before Tammy, bellied up to the bar and ordered myself an espresso martini, which Dawn created to perfection.  I figured this would be the start to a pretty unproductive day, so I might as well start big.  Tammy thought it looked pretty good when she came in and ordered one up as well. I don’t think she was disappointed.  (Absolutely not disappointed!  I could have indulged in a second had it not been for my meeting! – MH) Bin 300 offers a wine list with a nice variety, but not so overwhelming that you have a hard time choosing. They also have a pretty tasty sounding martini menu – although I have to confess, the espresso martini is the only one I’ve tried so far.

 

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini X 2!

Prior to Tammy’s arrival I also had the time to peruse the menu – changing my mind often as I reviewed each dish offered.  The menu at the Bin changes seasonally and you can tell by the selections and taste that the owner/chef Rich puts his heart and soul into each dish.  I have never had a meal that was anything less than excellent here.  I finally settled on the Mission Fig Salad with goat cheese and a strawberry vinaigrette, which I had topped with the optional salmon.  Chicken or shrimp were other topping options for this salad.  As usual, the dish was both aesthetically pleasing and yummy!

Mission Fig Salad

Mission Fig Salad

Tammy found she had also had a hard time narrowing down what to eat, but landed on the Chicken Marsala over a Red Pepper Risotto Cake and caramelized onions. It looked beautiful when it came out and tasted just as good.  Although I don’t eat meat, she recommended that I order just the risotto cakes topped with the onions and marasala some time when I’m there. Hmmm…this could make for a great side dish. (This Chicken Marsala was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I really didn’t need a knife as it was fork tender but I could definitely have used a spoon to get every last drop of the silky smooth sauce. -MH)

 

Lunch at Bin 300

Chicken Marsala

Of course, there’s nothing like sharing a warm, flour-less dark chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream to top off such a nice meal.  Besides, I only had a salad for lunch, so there was room. 🙂  (Yes, ditto! – MH)

Even if you’re not planning to be in the area for something else, it’s well worth the trip to Wolcott to stop in at Bin 300. I’d recommend reservations on the weekends, as it gets pretty busy there. And if you prefer a booth, it’s best to ask when making your reservation. (Or just belly up to the bar like we do! Cheers!- MH)

Bin 300 World Bistro, 300 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, CT – 203.879.5858

www.bin300.com

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