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Stamford's Sign of the Whale Embraces Waterfront Locale With New Menu

The Sign of the Whale is introducing a new menu, which will focus more on the area's abundant seafood. Photo Credit: contributed
Here is just a sampling of the food on offer at Sign of the Whale, in Stamford. Photo Credit: contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Sign of the Whale, in Stamford, is launching a new seafood-focused menu this week.

"As the food scene continues to evolve throughout the area, we are acutely aware of the lack of seafood restaurants," said general manager A.J. Polizzi. "In keeping with our namesake and waterfront locale, The Whale is excited to take our menu to the next level, highlighting the region’s abundant seafood supply."

Restaurant management describes the menu change as "a mashup of American tavern fare and New England's best seafood, including raw bar favorites and coastal water, market-fresh fish."

Small plate selections include, among others:

  • ahi tuna tartare with soy, ginger, caper aioli, avocado and wasabi, served with fried wanton chips
  • crab cakes with spaghetti squash and saffron remoulade
  • pan-seared octopus legs with celery, potatoes and Spanish paprika
  • shrimp tempura served with sautéed cabbage and sweet chili sauce
  • fresh raw bar selection of oysters, clams and shrimp

By way of example, entrees include a salmon burger topped with arugula, house dressing and pico de gallo on a black sesame bun, and lobster-and-crab-filled ravioli with pancetta cream sauce.

Tavern fare and customer favorites include:

  • handmade chipotle bbq beef empanadas with Argentinean chimichurri
  • The Whale burger, porcini dusted, topped with applewood smoked bacon, gruyere, fried egg and truffle spread all on an English muffin and served with fries
  • roasted chicken with garlic aioli, potato spears, mixed greens and bleu cheese
  • beer braised short rib prepared with their neighbor’s Half Full Bright Ale

The Whale also hosts a Sunday brunch -- "an afternoon of decadent brunch dishes, DJ-spun music, playful and flavorful breakfast shots, bottomless sparkling cocktails, and its soon-to-be-famous ultimate Bloody Mary Bar."

High Tide Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, from 4-7 p.m., and Jazzy Thursdays feature live music, $25 bottles of wine and $2 oysters all night long.

For more information, visit the restaurant's website.

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