Connecticut Elites Savor Tastes of Brazil and Japan at The Essex

Fifteen lucky members of the Yelp Elite Squad were invited to The Essex on Thursday night to experience highlights from owner/chef Colt Taylor’s innovative globally inspired menu. Attendees were treated to an exquisitely prepared and presented multi-course tasting that showcased dishes from the restaurant’s current Brazilian-themed menu (available through March) and a preview of the upcoming Japanese inspired menu.

Caipirinha in hand, guests were seated in a cozy private dining room aglow with a fireplace and adorned with artwork created by Colt Taylor’s mother. The meal was beautifully orchestrated to alternate between Brazilian and Japanese flavors, featuring a selection of dishes including: baby prawns with manioc pancake; black cod with banana, coconut, and lime; moqueca (Brazilian fish stew); feijoada; ahi and walu tekkadon; amazingly fresh sashimi; yakitori chicken; scallop with brown butter and ginger; tonkatsu with sesame and radish, and so much more.

With its constantly evolving menu and expertly prepared recipes, it’s no wonder The Essex has a series of awards and accolades under its belt, including “Best New Restaurant” by New England Today. Thank you to Chef & his team for an unforgettable experience – check out the glowing reviews here and pay them a visit yourself!