Local restaurateurs Rob Moss, Dave Studwell and BJ Lawless who own and operate Washington Prime and BJ Ryan’s Restaurant Group in Norwalk. The trio has won several restaurant and hospitality awards over their past 20+ years in the industry.
Executive Chef, Benjamin Traver joined the team from The Modern and Cafe Boulud in New York City. His namesake fits the bill and his mouth-watering menu won’t disappoint. Highlights include: Copps Island Oysters served on the half shell with mignonette, cocktail sauce and cucumber relish; Seared Foie Gras made with pain perdu, strawberries, pistachios, and honey-black pepper duck jus; Mussels steamed with white wine and orange shiso; Long Island Duck Breast served with fava beans, almond quinoa and grapefruit gastrique; Poached Halibut with herbed couscous and beurre blanc; Filet Mignon Steak served with pomme lyonnaise, wild mushrooms and Marchand de Vin sauce; Roasted Half Chicken served with English peas, wild mushrooms and fine herb chicken jus, Lobster Risotto a 1.5lbs butter poached lobster served atop saffron risotto with asparagus; The Benjamin Burger 8oz Wagyu patty served with raclette, bacon, mustard aioli, housemade potato bun and French fries.
Pastry Chef Melissa Knauer joined the Benjamin team from Arethusa A Mano in Bantam, CT. Her dessert specialties include Vanilla Crème Brûlée with whipped ganache and caramel Tuile; Tarte au Citron with toasted meringue; Chocolate Mousse caramelia chocolate and caramel sauce; Rhubarb Cheesecake with graham cracker streusel and mascarpone.