The Beach House Cafe, the latest addition to the bustling South Norwalk restaurant scene, brings Restaurateur Kane Xu’s nautical inspired decor and Asian-fusion-whimsical cuisine to the Norwalk waterfront. Seafood heavy but also including favorites from the low-country cuisine of Mama’s Boy – the restaurant Xu took over in this spot and updated into the Beach House Cafe – the menu offers a range of palate pleasers from “beginnings” through dessert.
Goat cheese wontons, a starter favorite, contain a mix of goat and cream cheese within a lightly fried wrapper on a bed of pepper jelly. Pulled pork spring rolls, southern and spunky, are served with a dab of hoisin chili sauce. Shrimp & grits with pimento gravy, chicken and waffles with Brookside Farms maple syrup, and chicken fried steak with a smoked paprika pork sausage gravy, breakfast potatoes and sunny side up eggs are wonderful holdovers from Mama’s Boy. Spicy fish tacos made with tender baby Tilapia topped with slaw and served in a soft flour tortilla with a side of fries, and the Beach House burger of local, grass fed beef on a brioche bun with house smoked bacon, pimento cheese and fried Vidalia onions are all new. The craft cocktails, including a coconut Mojito, Tito’s Green Boy (Tito’s vodka, muddled cucumber, fresh lime and ginger beer) and the Dirty South (homemade sweet tea, Seagram’s sweet tea vodka, with fresh lemon) are terrific, and a terrific bargain at happy hour, weekday afternoons. Enjoy live jazz Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner daily, and week day happy hour in this airy and bright venue across from the Norwalk Aquarium. Outdoor seasonal dining also available.
19 North Water ST, Norwalk CT.