Think New England beach house, with muted, aqua-toned walls and white paneling and wainscoting. Wooden tables are accented by soft overhead lighting. It could be your typical seaside resort, but one that sits that caters to the Fairfield County crowd.
If you have that picture in your mind, you’re likely not too far off from what The Beach House Cafe in Old Greenwich offers. Photos and paintings of seaside escapes, ocean waves and clear skies line the walls in both sections of the main dining room. The only variation to the palette is the bar area, where more modern works include a red-lipped Tina Turner who stares back at me while I sip my glass of Malbec.
The eatery was re-opened by restaurateur Kane Xu in the fall of 2016, who aimed to revamp the coastal-themed interior, while preserving the character of the neighborhood favorite.
The food is also not your typical seaside joint fare. Instead, Beach House Cafe offers an upscale, Asian-inspired take on a number of your seafood favorites.
An organic salmon summer roll includes cucumber, avocado, tobiko and spicy mayo wrapped in rice paper. Sashimi tuna is served atop a light, fluffy flatbread and drizzled with spicy mayo and minced avocado and tomato.
A spicy seafood soup is a total crowd-pleaser, with shrimp, mussels, calamari, tilapia, mushrooms, scallions and a spicy tomato broth that delivers a pleasant kick.
You won’t want to miss the grilled octopus, either, which sits above a bed of brussels sprouts, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic glaze.
The risotto is a standout. Creamy, comforting vegetable risotto is served with a medley of seafood- lobster, shrimp, scallops- and truffle champagne butter.
That’s not to say there are no from-the-land offerings. Delightfully crispy duck pairs perfectly with a carrot ginger puree and a pleasantly sweet orange soy glaze.
IF YOU GO:
Beach House Cafe
220 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHAT TO EAT: If you don’t think the risotto moment has passed, do yourself a favor and order this one. If you’re looking for something a bit unorthodox, the spicy soup is your best bet.
WHAT TO DRINK: A Blue Ginger cocktail was fresh and sweet, while the InCider (above)- corn whiskey infused with clove and cinnamon spice, lemonade and a cinnamon sugar rim- is suited for those with a stronger tolerance than myself!