Monday, February 09, 2009

Restaurant review: Dev's on Bank Street

This past weekend consisted of two separate trips to the Hygienic Show in New London - the first trip, I was able to introduce someone to the fabulous North Indian restaurant on State Street and, second trip, I was introduced to the amazing Dev's.

I had heard how great this place is, and boy, is everyone right! It has a nice atmosphere and great specials. During happy hour, a glass of wine is $2, well drinks are $3. And not shabby, either! The tapas menu is wonderful, reasonably priced and has lots of options. The meataterians in our group were as happy with the selections as I was. We ordered a few plates each, and not only were the dishes beautiful, they were incredibly delicious. Every dish tasted completely different from the others, and if you don't think it's enough food, it is. The portions aren't huge, but this is not a place where you just shovel the food in- you have to really take your time and appreciate it.

We tried the following: Cumin-Lime Chicken, Crab Cakes, Shrimp Espanola, Mongolian Pork Bar-B-Que Ribs, Crispy Pork Meatballs, Painted Grapes, American Mac and Cheese, Si Si Pollo, Papa San's Spring Rolls, Roma Mushrooms and for dessert, bananas foster & churillos with hot chocolate sauce.

To even try to describe how divine this all was is impossible. When one of the co-owners came to our table and asked how we liked it, I blurted out "Well, we're talking about porn, so the food must be exquisite! Only really great food is that sexy!"

So, this may be my new favorite place to eat. But be warned: during a normal happy hour, I hear it's really busy in there. But I'm sure with the presence of Bunny and the fabulous staff, it's quite bearable. If this place was located, say, in Stonington Borough, it would be snooty as hell - but the staff & owners are down-to-earth & nice, so it's a very comfortable place to have a leisurely meal.

So, who's taking me out to dinner?

4 comments:

Cranky Yankee said...

I don't know...
I looked at their menu and everything has either pork, rice or cheese in it.

:-P

The Queen said...

Cranky, the tapas menu has quite a few choices that are delightfully devoid of pork, rice or cheese! The Shrimp Espagnol (which were succulent & spicy), the cumin-lime chicken, crab cakes, spring rolls, Bamboo Chicken....you have plenty of choices! And I can assure you, NONE of the desserts had pork. :P

Hsin-Yi said...

I haven't been there in a while, but I have been hearing good things about the new(er) menu. Now I have to go again!

The Queen said...

Hsin, even the mac & cheese is one of the most luxurious tasting things I've ever eaten....