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Mar 31, 2014
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Owner of The Whelk and Le Farm Opening Asian Restaurant in Westport

Owner of The Whelk and Le Farm Opening Asian Restaurant in Westport

If there is any cuisine that is not represented well in Fairfield County, it is Asian, but all of that is about to change. Bill Taibe, owner of The Whelk and Le Farm, has informed CTbites that he has signed a lease on the old Bistro 88 space in Bridge Square, Saugatuck, and will be opening his 3rd venue by the beginning of summer. What now you ask? Think Asian. 

This new venue will take its culinary and design inspiration from the traditional Izakaya Japanese pubs, which offer a casual dining experience, lots of small tapas-sized snacks, and great drinks. "I've wanted to do Asian since I was at Relish," says Taibe. When asked why Asian, Taibe stated, "In all honesty, it's the food that I gravitate towards most often...and we are always looking to challenge ourselves."

"Imagine The Whelk...but Asian," says Taibe The new venue will be a mix of Japanese and Chinese.

 "It's our own interpretation of Asian cuisine, but will draw from those regions."

So, in addition to Donburi Bowls (Japanese rice bowls with cooked or raw food on top of perfectly seasoned rice) you may find your classic Kung Pao Chicken, but you can bet that chicken has been locally sourced. The lobster sauce in the ever popular Shrimp with Lobster Sauce will be made in house...of course. Sure, there will be noodles to fill you up after the snacks, but noodles will be just one of many Asian edibles here.

See the full story online at CTbites.

 

Owner of The Whelk and Le Farm Opening Asian Restaurant in Westport

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