If this is your first time reading this article, welcome! But if not, then you may know that I am a part-time New York City girl. As much as commuting back and forth and going on food adventures is what I would love to do 24/7, but sometimes the back and forth can be tiring and adulting makes it impossible. So this week, I decided to give a local restaurant Gaia a try.
Gaia is part of the restaurant group Douro that includes their restaurant group named restaurant Douro. While Douro presents themselves as a mix of Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine using the freshest and sustainable seafood, Gaia reps as “modern inventive” Mediterranean using seafood from the coasts Mediterranean and Portugal.
As I walked into the restaurant, I was sort of shell shocked that I was the first table of the night on a Tuesday. I understand I shouldn’t feel that because it is a Tuesday, as opposed to an empty house on a Friday, but still.
Nevertheless, the moment you’ve been waiting for after I went on for three paragraphs, their food:
Piri Tuna Tartar
Spicy ahi tuna, black bean puree, cumin and mint pico de gallo
⭐️-⭐️-⭐️ (Not a fan of beans but the puree was good, while the spicy ahi tuna was average)
Baby shrimp, chourico, chicken, kale, rosemary, lemon, chilis, olive oil and pecorino
⭐️-⭐️-⭐️-⭐️ (Not excellent, but pretty good.)
Hazelnut ice cream, cookies, chocolate pearls, drowned in a shot of espresso & varnelli caffè liqueur
⭐️-⭐️-⭐️-⭐️ (Anything with coffee and hazelnut, I’m all in.)
Overall I can say I am a fan of their food but as much as their food was good, but all I can see myself is only eating the items I ordered from this dining experience minus the spicy ahi tuna as opposed to any other menu items the next time around. Also, it’s hard to go to a restaurant and not have your expectations of what a standard dining experience is. And what I mean by a standard dining experience is the basics: leaving the central air system on, initiatively take your order, switching plates without needing to ask them to be switched, ask how your meal is, and refill your wine. I won’t specifically name out what was missing from my dining experience, but what I will say is some of those basics weren’t met, so onwards and upwards to the next.
📍 355 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830