Just before entering the town of Westport, one will notice the brownstone buildings comprised of porous bricks. Between these building lies a hidden gem: The Cottage. Located on 256 Post Rd E, this phenomenal restaurant sits in the back of a parking lot—a quaint location to say the least. The clean white walls and wooden tables located in the main dining room are perfectly accommodated by a bar which spans nearly the entire second room. There is also a “chef’s table,” where customers can view the chef’s food production process while simultaneously enjoying their meal. Although most commonly defined as “Seasonal New American plates,” The Cottage features a variety of fantastic dishes ranging from House pastrami on rye crepe to slash creek oysters.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by a friendly host who requested the name for the reservation and sat me immediately at a quaint table for four. Just after I sat, I received a glass of ice water and a menu consisting of many options. To start, I ordered two of the wagyu brisket steam buns and one spicy scallop nigiri with crispy rice; both were amazing. The wagyu brisket steam buns are accompanied by napa kimchi, squid ink aioli and duck fat potato tempura to make an unbelievably amazing flavor, all complementing each other greatly. The spicy scallop nigiri was just as good; the togarashi aioli & furikake which infuse the dish with flavor leave the item not too dry nor too moist, making for a perfect blend. These dishes are each fantastic and appropriately sized for an appetizer.
For my entree, I went with the lobster spaghetti. One has the choice of the half portion or full, and being that I was hungry, I went for it all. This dish is made up of sea urchin, san marzano tomato and garlic crumbs which create a sweet, delicate flavor, accompanied by a light crunch and crumbly texture. This entree took approximately 12 minutes to come out and although phenomenal, filled me to the maximum. Though the lobster spaghetti was the perfect choice for that night, on most nights, I would have gone with one of the restaurants signature burgers.