Beach House Cafe of Greenwich Opens a Sister Restaurant in South Norwalk

Published January 24th 2018

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January 24, 2018, Fairfield County CT: Restaurateur Kane Xu, no stranger to the Greenwich dining scene (formerly of the popular French-Asian Fusion eatery in Cos Cob, Nuage) re-opened the Beach House Café in Old Greenwich in the fall of 2016, taking this beachy neighborhood tavern to a whole new level, transforming it into modern day seafood house and craft cocktail bar. Local food enthusiasts soon caught on to this local destination for market fresh fish, icy raw bar offerings, comforting risotto and paella dishes, as well as prime steaks and chops, solidifying Beach House Café as a Greenwich restaurant worth the visit.
Upon the success of Beach House Café, this past summer Xu, who in 2016 had taken over South Norwalk’s low-country cuisine locale, Mama’s Boy, made the bold move to convert this SoNo southern respite into another Beach House Café.
“As bold as it may have seemed to some, for me it made perfect sense to create a seafood restaurant being located in a coastal community, just steps away from the Maritime Aquarium and the Seaport Dock,” explains Xu, “And the seafood concept is really where we shine.”
Xu has enlisted the added talent of Executive Chef Jose G. Flores whose local kitchen cred includes Harbor Lights in SoNo. The duo makes good on their combined culinary prowess, integrating Xu’s Asian flare with Flores’ more New England style seafood influences. The menu, in its most raw form, shines a light on local oysters, sashimi yellowtail and salmon, and a spicy scallop crudo with jalapeño citrus. For the table, there’s wild mushroom and truffle flatbread, crispy fried calamari, and a hearty bowl of P.E.I. mussels laced with garlic and saffron broth begs for grilled crusty bread for dipping.

Vibrant salads and the best spicy seafood soup in town set the stage for the Café’s signature Chilean sea bass served with a tangy black bean sauce, organic Scottish salmon prepared with lemon-caper butter or teriyaki, perfectly fried cod fish and chips with Creole tartar sauce, and seafood risotto brimming with sea scallops, lobster, and tiger shrimp (when available).  Landlocked dishes include bone-in Berkshire pork chops with lingonberry reduction and buttery mash, orange-soy glazed cracklin’ duck with ginger-carrot puree, and an over-the-top grass-fed burger on a brioche roll, topped with house-smoked bacon, pimento cheese, and fried Vidalia onions.
Beach House Café in Old Greenwich boasts 2 charming dining rooms (seats 60) framed in classic white wainscoting, ocean blue and green walls and ceiling, and is splashed with eclectic pop culture artwork from the artist Motoko Aritake-Wild.  The circular bar (seats 16) is surrounded by plush leather back bar stools and is the science lab for the restaurant’s signature cocktails which include beachy rum mojitos, intoxicating margaritas, and sophisticated bourbon infused old-fashions.

Beach House SoNo is nautical in theme, taking a page from an oceanside hotel bar and restaurant. Dockline roping drapes above the reclaimed wood-paneled bar. Massive boating prints, hanging canoes, mounted oars, and dock master lanterns complete this waterside retreat.
Sunday brunch, live music by local artists, and private party capabilities round out the Beach House Café experience.

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