Elm Street Oyster House

11 W Elm St. Greenwich, CT 06830 • (203) 629-5795 • elmstreetoysterhouse.com

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One can only eat at Terra so many times before one craves a change of pace on Greenwich Ave., but considering how bad Bistro Versailles is, I don’t blame people for being fearful of the penalty for straying. Well, fortunately Elm Street (sounds like Freddy Krueger opened a restaurant) delivers a worthy departure. Not that the Oyster House is a runaway success, but it has its moments.

The first moment being the oysters. It was here that the wife and I first tried Kusshi oysters and if you’ve never tried them, you are in for a treat. And I use that word purposefully, because these mollusks are so sweet you’d swear they were candy. Sort of like the clementines of the oyster world.

In terms of entrees, however, things weren’t quite as sweet. The fish was fresh and cooked well, so no problems there, but they tried so hard with their preparations to make the dishes inventive that you could taste the shortcomings in every bite. Whereas if they had kept things clean and simple, I think they would’ve fared much better.

On the décor and service front, the place is cute and the service, while not particularly “cute,” was friendly and attentive. So all in all a worthy stop during or after a shopping spree, but just steer clear of the seemingly inventive preps.

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Bistro Versailles

339 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830 • (203) 661-6634 •  versaillesgreenwich.com

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It is sacrilege that they have disgraced the name of one of the world’s most striking locations by putting its name on a crap hole like this. There is absolutely nothing about this place worthy of being even being on Greenwich Avenue, much less worthy of the name Versailles.

The iced tea is basically brown water. The croque monsieur was godawful with bread so soggy the thing tasted like gruyere mush. The burger is underwhelming and the service is slow. Even the posters on the walls are a total miss- re-prints done in English as opposed to French. Oh, and the creme de la creme, flies! In the winter!

Head back up hill and go to Terra. It’s SO much better.

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