A new restaurant, pub and music venue has joined the restaurant scene in downtown Stamford Ct. Viceroy Publik House is a unique new addition to Summer Street and offers a two level townhouse where you can discover the fusion of Indian and English cuisine along with the energy and vibe of an upscale English pub.
The theme recalls the British Raj era of Colonial Rule over India from 1858 to 1947. Decor features vintage photographs and maps on the walls in the intimate and more formal downstairs dining room. Upstairs is the Tiger Room which creates a hip and more modern atmosphere with its modern prints (including one of the Beatles in India), curved banquettes , bar with wine cabinet that looks like an English Telephone booth . A British Triumph motorcycle serves as a backdrop for the stage area which hosts different musical artists.
There is a list of interesting and creative cocktails including House of Victoria and the Bengal Tiger (gin based), and Sun City, an interesting take on the Mule with Bourbon and Ginger Beer. All are interesting combinations that will have you sampling more than one from the bar.
The menu that we sampled was classic English Pub Fare, elevated to a finer level and filled with Indian influences. The Spicy Vindaloo Wings were tasty but I must caution as the hot spice will linger on your lips! The Bombay burger is made from spiced lamb and served on a toasted brioche roll with fried egg and mint aioli. A more modern version of the burger not found in your average pub and an example of the innovative way in which the Chef has developed the menu.
The Faroe Island Salmon was excellent and was served with an orange soy ginger glaze that gave this British favorite a bit more flavor. The pub standard of Fish and Chips was great with tender sustainable cod prepared in a Heineken beer batter and served with Viceroy curry ketchup.
Also on the menu are items such as the Lamb Madras with lamb served in a madras curry and coconut cream with rice pilaf. The Bisto Steak is another good choice and fits well in the overall British pub theme.
Music promoter and Stamford restaurateur Eric Monte is your host and can be seen moving about the restaurant mingling with guests, or introducing the band as it begins it set in the Tiger Room upstairs.
The Viceroy is certainly a very unique and lively restaurant experience for our area and is one you will want to check out.
Viceroy Publik House
211 Summer Street Stamford Ct
web http://www.viceroystamford.com tel. (203) 658-8423
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