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.
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.
Last weekend I was treated to an incredible brunch at Beach House SONO (South Norwalk) and even though the weather outside was freezing, once inside it felt like I stepped into summer. For Sunday brunch there is live music provided by Blue Valley Entertainment, who played a great mix including 311 and The Offspring. The restaurant itself is decorated with nautical ropes, model ships, and distressed wood. However, it doesn’t go overboard and get kitschy, everything is tastefully done.
We started out with a meat a cheese platter. Everything is locally sourced. So, I need to find the blueberry goat cheese because it was divine.
The Coconut Mojito.
I usually always start with a traditional mimosa.
Tito’s Green Boy.
The Ring of Fire Bloody Mary.
Gorilla Bread needs to become a staple for brunch. A cinnamon roll filled with cream cheese and ice cream. See it deconstructed below.
Gorilla Bread opened up. Mmmm….
Shrimp and Grits. Forever my favorite brunch item.
Crab Cake Eggs Benedict.
I’ve never had chicken fried steak before today, and it was amazing!
Best Dang Manhattan.
This might have been my favorite dish of the day. Goat Cheese Wontons lightly fried, served over pepper jelly.
Kane Xu truly uses only the best ingredients and this is a great example of that. He travels regularly to Flushing, Queens to get the wonton shells for this starter. I lived in Queens for eight years and know that if you want the best, authentic Asian cuisine you go to Main Street Flushing.
Goat cheese and cream cheese wonton filling.
Salmon BLT. The salmon was cooked perfectly light and flaky.
To complete our brunch we all decided to share a piece of the Pistachio Cake. What a mistake that was. This was so delicious and light that even having tasted all the brunch items we all suddenly realized we could have eaten a piece each.
Guess I’ll just have to go back and have it again!
Beach House SONO was the perfect beachy atmospheric brunch even in the bitter cold weather. Sitting up at the table listening to live music while sipping on delicious cocktails and watching kids across the street excitedly running into the Aquarium really was an enjoyable Sunday morning. I’m looking forward to returning in the warm weather!