There’s food, and then there’s good food.
Food at “O” Bar & Grill is good food — at least that’s what owner Patrick Jean expects customers to say when they experience dining at his renovated restaurant.
One of the signature dishes Jean points to on the munu is a salad named after the establishment, The “O” Bar & Grill Salad, consisting of herb grilled chicken over iceberg lettuce with tomatoes, corn, crumbled bleu cheese, and sun-dried cranberries, tangerines and black olives tossed topped with the house dressing of Dijon vinaigrette. If that isn’t enough, it’s served in a tortilla basket.
And that’s just for starters.
Jean also serves salads, steak, fish and other savory meals at the “O” Bar & Grill, at 942 White Plains Road directly across from Starbucks.
The French native studied cooking and restaurant management near his native coastal village Saint Tropez on the French Riviera. From there, he worked as a waiter in New York before purchasing several restaurants in Connecticut, including “O” Bar, which he bought in 2007.
He has since sold all his other restaurants and settled down at “O” Bar to manage it full time, dedicating all his attention to cooking and promoting the store within Trumbull and surrounding communities.
He enjoys the idea of being at one business, where he can become familiar with returning customers.
“I like to meet with people to talk to them,” Jean said.
“O” Bar & Grill has undergone some major changes recently.
The menu and aesthetic look of the restaurant were the first items to be overhauled, but Jean wanted to make sure he kept the dishes his customers favored.
“It was a four-page menu that was so overwhelming, so we scaled it back by 65% of it with the help of the chef,” Jean said. “The chef kept the best items and created new ones for the customers.”
Jean added that he wanted the place to look like a restaurant in downtown New York.
The inside of the business now has dark wooden high beams, black wooden walls, red leather seats, and black tables topped with small wooden mats.
Each table has a large bottle of water, and large prints of wine glasses with wine are on the walls.
Jean’s favorite meal he likes to promote is New York Steak Frites, which is New York steak served with homemade steak sauce and hand cut fries.
The food served at “O” Bar, as it is commonly referred, is a combination of American and French.
Another salad that on the new menu is the Arugula Salad — made with arugula, apples, goat cheese, sun dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, and topped with citrus honey dressing.
Jean said he gets a lot of praise for the food, but when there’s one unhappy customer it’s unpleasant because they post on social sites.
He’s noticing social commentary more these days as the business has become a singular focus for him with the closure of his other restaurant — T and C Steak House in Fairfield. He’s also looking to close a yogurt and coffee shop in Hamden.
“If you spread yourself out too much, you lose control,” Jean said.
Jean said he’s up to change things to please customers.
He wants the community to be happy with his food . He is here to stay, and to keep “O” Bar & Grill a successful business in the Trumbull community.
The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch, Monday through Wednesday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner, Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 10 for dinner, and dinner is served on Sunday from 3 to 9. Sunday brunch is served from 11 to 1.
Bar hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The bar serves food Tuesday through Saturday until 11 p.m. and Sunday through Monday until 10.