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One of the first thing you notice upon arriving in Greenwich is the plethora of things to do. Greenwich Avenue is littered with stores like Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Apple Store, in addition to many different restaurants. However, if one wants to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, they can enjoy a nice meal at Bambou, an Asian restaurant/bar, tucked away at 328 Pemberwick Road in the Glenville neighborhood. You will want to use a car because as I learned, it’s a very long walk from the entrance to the neighborhood.
Like most things in Greenwich, Bambou is not cheap, but isn't overly expensive either. The atmosphere at Bambou is quiet and elegant. You can either dine at a table, or sit at the bar where a sushi/sashimi chef is situated. When I went there were about ten other people dining.
I started off with a glass of Diet Coke (note: they do NOT give free refills) and then ordered my appetizer. The cheapest appetizer is the Roti bread with curry dip ($6) and the most expensive is the soft shell crab tempura ($14). I went with the shrimp and vegetable tempura ($11). I waited about six or seven minutes for it to come.
The dish came with two big pieces of shrimp, four pieces of vegetables, which included eggplant, zucchini and sweet potato, and a cup of dipping sauce. Each of the pieces of tempura were coated perfectly and featured little to no grease. The shrimp was very tasty, and went perfectly with the dipping sauce. The vegetables were delicious as well, especially the sweet potato.
After that, I was ready for my entrée. One of the unique things about Bambou is the type of sushi rolls they offer. Aside from the traditional roll like the California and tuna, they also offer a salmon and goat cheese roll ($13), a roll with octopus and avocado ($13), and even a roll with lobster tail ($20). I passed on all these and decided to go with two of duck ($24).
The duck meat was juicy and flavorful, and the peppers/vegetables in the bowl added to the flavor. The wraps were nice and convenient to use, and went well with the sauce. I had never tried duck before Bambou, but I was glad I had decided to do so.
Finally, it was time for dessert. I went with vanilla ice cream and pound cake tempura ($9). The dish was brought out on a plate, and after the waiter had set it down, he took a match and lit the plate, setting off a cool reaction in which blue fire lined the plate and the core of the ice crem/pound cake tempura was warmed. The dessert was delicious, as the cool ice cream contrasted well with the warm fried pound cake.
Including my appetizer, entrée, dessert and three drinks, my meal ran about $55, tip not included. The meal was well worth it though. The atmosphere in the restaurant was very relaxing and the waiters were excellent, having come to my table at least 10 times during my stay.
I would rate Bambou at an 8.5/10 and definitely recommend it to anyone dining in the Greenwich area.
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