Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Restaurant Round-Up: Fall Ushers In Change


Fall is full of hustle and bustle this year. We've got the low down on some restaurant news that's sure to make your October even more delicious.

House of Naan Opening in New Haven

Love their tagline: Where India Meets New Haven. The grand opening is Friday, Oct. 14 from 5 pm to 9 pm. The event is open to the public. Free small samples of food will be served.

House of Naan will feature a “Sip n’ Savor” experience with a fusion of crafted cocktails, savory Indian dishes, and an enjoyable atmosphere. Owners Harry Singh and Kay Singh, who were both born in Punjab, India, and grew up in Connecticut, are creating a new dining experience with a focus on fresh, local, top-quality ingredients. The restaurant will offer a hip, modern environment for customers with features such as small plates, happy hour and live events, and the ease of online ordering. The House of Naan’s signature dishes will include the Spiced Lamb Burger, which is prepared with fresh lamb that is ground and spiced in-house daily, topped with red onion, iceberg lettuce, tomato, cilantro and paprika-spiced mayo, all on a brioche bun. Tikka Fries are topped with mozzarella curds, tikka masala sauce, chicken tikka and cilantro.


For vegetarians who are cocktail connoisseurs, House of Naan offers Howe Street Tea, a vegan drink prepared with premium ingredients including Beefeater Gin, lemon, Darjeeling tea syrup, orange bitters and chickpea water. Another featured cocktail is the Sip n’ Savor Lassi, a savory blend of Plantation 3 Stars Rum; Bols Natural Yoghurt Liqueur; garam masala, an aromatic blend of spices; and orgeat, which is almond syrup enhanced with a touch of flower water. The Chapel West Mojito melds Plantation Original Dark Rum with lime and mint-fenugreek-turmeric syrup.

House of Naan is located at 65 Howe St., New Haven. They'll be open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 am to 1 am, seven days a week.

You can make reservations online at www.houseofnaan.com or call 203-562-6226.

House of Naan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/House-Of-Naan-1345347215479028/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Houseofnaan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/houseofnaan/

The Cottage in Westport Is Expanding

Chef Brian Lewis of The Cottage officially announced expansion plans for his restaurant in Westport. Adding 800 square feet to his existing 1500 square feet, the space next door has broken ground this week to include an expanded bar and additional seating. The Cottage will maintain its existing entrance and vestibule area, giving guests the option of entering the existing dining room to the left or this new area to the right. In addition to the large bar, which will be the centerpiece of this open floorplan, there will be several tables to accommodate additional diners or be combined for larger parties, as well as a window seat banquette that will seat up to 10.

“I could not be more grateful for the love and support the town of Westport and all of Fairfield County and beyond has given to us since we opened nearly a year ago,” said Lewis. “While we have big plans for this additional space, our number one priority is to continue to offer the same comfortable atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality that we are proud to be known for. Our bar is growing up and being given the new stage it so deserves, allowing Adam, our Head Bar Keep, to dig into his creativity and happily expand our craft cocktail offerings, wine and spirits program, as well as interact more with our guests relaxing in this expanded space.”

The Cottage has received numerous accolades for its fine, locally sourced cuisine, including recently being named the #1 restaurant in Fairfield County, Connecticut by Hearst Connecticut Media/CT Bites, and its receipt of an “Excellent” rating from The New York Times. The restaurant offers dinner service Tuesday through Saturday and serves both Brunch and Supper on Sunday’s. Lewis is also now offering catering services both on and off-site, and with the addition of this square footage, will offer the option to rent out both areas for large on-site events, or just the new, bar space.

The Cottage accepts reservations via OpenTable.com, or by contacting the restaurant at 203.557.3701. Menus change weekly to reflect the season’s best bounty, and the restaurant is at 256 Post Road East in Westport.

The Cottage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecottagect
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Cottage-in-Westport-904944249559579/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thecottagect/

MIRO Kitchen in Fairfield Announces Big Changes

There have been some growing pains at MIRO Kitchen, which opened 6 months ago. The first wave of change was just announced in September when MIRO and former partner HAPA Hospitality decided to part ways. Now Chef Howard McCall, previously sous-chef at MIRO Kitchen, will lead the kitchen as executive chef of MIRO Kitchen. There since the very beginning, Chef Howard was instrumental in helping to create some of the dishes MIRO Kitchen has become known for. With the change in kitchen leadership, comes a revamp of the Dinner, Lunch and Brunch menus, and an addition of a happy hour menu for the autumn and winter seasons. Some notable changes you can expect are:

• Two noodle soup dishes (lunch and dinner)
• New salad options (lunch)
• More authentic Poke recipes (lunch)
• Small reduction in the number of small plates (dinner)
• Addition of an entrĂ©e section (dinner)
• New duck and lobster options (lunch and dinner)
• Completely revamped brunch menu available on both Saturday and Sunday
• Completely new happy hour offering consisting of several drink and food specials

There will be no changes to the tacos or any of the other best sellers that contributed to MIRO receiving a 3-star New York Times Review.

MIRO Kitchen is located at 1876 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. They are currently open seven days a week from 11:30am. There are future plans for extended service include Happy Hour and late-night menus.

Miro Kitchen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Miro-Kitchen-1087892311228960/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mirokitchenct/

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