Restaurateur 'steaks' out new market: Brasserie is now T&C Steak House
Published 10:45 am, Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Restaurateur Patrick Jean has a long history of serving French cuisine to Fairfielders -- the haute French restaurant St. Tropez for 11 years, the French bistro-style Brasserie for two, and the popular O Bar which has been serving drinks and food from a bar menu for 10 years.
But Jean has decided it's time for a change -- a big change -- to go along with the changes he sees in the evolving, and growing, Fairfield culinary scene.
T&C Steak House has opened recently in the same location as his previous restaurants at 52 Sanford St., next to O Bar which continues to serve a steady clientele.
T & C Steak House (named after Jean's children, Tristan, 4, and Chloe, 18 months), in addition to the namesake steaks also serves seafood, chicken and duck, lamb and pork entrees, raw bar fare and salads.
The "prime" attraction (literally) is the steak. The menu has beef entrees ranging from filet mignon to Porterhouse steak to rib-eye, with a choice of six different sauces.
"We're changing with the times. Fairfield has changed from when I started 16 years ago," Jean said with his trademark French accent. French cuisine is too fancy for many people, especially younger diners, he said. "Young people today did not grow up with French food."
His chef, Winnie Tognon, agreed. "It's too formal," Tognon said of French dining. Jean brought Tognon in as a consultant, and then asked him to stay on as chef for the new steak house. Tognon worked as a chef at Bobby Van's steak houses in New York City for four years, and has opened several restaurants. He served as a consultant for the opening of the Blackstones Steakhouses in Norwalk and in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
"We are bringing in the quality of New York City, but designed for our area," the chef said of the T&C menu. "I believe we are serving the best-quality meat in the area."
In addition to a new menu at the restaurant, the O Bar menu has also been revamped, with more small plates including tapas and other popular items for the bar crowd. In fact, private cocktail parties have become more popular lately, Jean said, and the restaurant can open the O Bar onto the restaurant's party room next door to accommodate larger parties. T& C and O Bar will also cater, he said.
T& C Steak House is currently open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sundays from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The restaurant will be open for lunch within a few weeks, according to Jean. For more information, call 203-254-8094 or visit www.tandcsteakhouse.com