Beach House Cafe is well known in the Old Greenwich dining scene. It re-opened in Fall 2016 under restaurateur Kane Xu (formerly of the popular French-Asian Fusion eatery in Cos Cob, Nuage), who transformed 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. Xu, along with Executive Chef Jose G. Flores (from Harbor Lights in SoNo), introduced a menu with a bit of Asian flare, New England style seafood influences, and a few classics from Mama’s Boy.
We were invited to sample their brunch menu. We enjoyed a mix of Mama’s Boy’s classics and some new creations. Brunch started with Fried Goat Cheese Wontons mixed with cream cheese, served on pepper jelly followed by Oysters Rockefeller with fennel bacon cream and a Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with golden raisins, parmesan cheese, and a walnut Muscato vinaigrette.
The Chicken and Waffles was one of my favorite main dishes. A different presentation, you’re served a waffles and 3 pieces of marinated country fried chicken with habanero jelly and Brookside Farms Maple Syrup. The chicken was well-seasoned and crispy. Another good thing to note, it’s on the brunch, lunch and dinner menus, so whenever you’re craving comforting deliciousness, get this.
Also on their menu all day is the Shrimp and Grits, which comes in a good-sized portion. The creamy grits was topped with delicious shrimp, smoked tasso (pork), spring onion, and pimento gravy.
For dessert, we enjoyed Coffee Cake sans the ice cream and whipped cream. Served warm, this coffee cake is one of the best we’ve had. It’s not too sweet.
On the Drinks menu are a good selection of wine and beer, along with cocktails, including a Coconut Mojito, Dutch Boy (Ketel One vodka, fresh lemon, simple syrup, and Champagne), and a Mama’s Boy classic, the Best Dang Manhattan.
For the younger diners, you’ll find the usual kid-friendly dishes priced from $8 to $10. Our daughter enjoyed the Organic Chicken Tenders with French Fries.
Beach House Cafe
19 N Water Street
South Norwalk CT 06854
Tel: (203) 956-7171