FAIRFIELD, Conn. — When Eugene Kabilnitsky was looking for a name for his new Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant on Black Rock Turnpike, he took a page from town history along the busy corridor.
Hence, a restaurant serving tacos and poke was christened Miro Kitchen, an homage to the well-known Miro Farms farmstand that the late Joseph Miro and his family once ran on the site.
“We’re not related, but there is a commemorative plaque on the side of the building,” said Kabilnitsky. “It seemed right.”
Though the restaurateur lives in Stamford, he’s no stranger to the iconic location, either: He co-owned Tomato & Basil on the site in 2010, selling the popular business three years later.
When the next owner left and the space came open again, Kabillnitsky jumped at the chance to give it a go again.
Though his background is in finance, Kabilnitsky said he feels he had a good sense of what customers were looking for when he opened Miro Kitchen in March.
“My wife and I used to go out often — sometimes three or four times a week,” he said, noting that slowed a bit when they started a family. “We had a good feeling for what worked and what didn’t.”
And he seems to have made the right choice with his Hawaiian- and Asian-infused menu, one he believes sets Miro Kitchen apart from other Fairfield hot spots.
Popular dinner items include a la carte tacos featuring pork belly, braised octopus and Philippine chicken adobo and intriguing small plates, including General Tso’s cauliflower and Gochu-wings.
The lunch menu features poke, a Hawaiian staple Kabilnitsky likens to Japanese sashimi over rice, with the added pop of tamari, yuzu, mango or sriracha mayo.
“It’s different, but it’s not necessarily new flavors,” he said. “It may be a unique combination of flavors.”
The fall menu revealed in October also includes some larger plates and hearty, comforting food for the colder months, including their take on chicken and red velvet waffles.
“Everything we do, we try to do it with a little twist,” Kabilnitsky said. “Either as a visual or a taste wow factor.”
Miro Kitchen at 1876 Black Rock Turnpike is open for lunch, dinner and brunch. The hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.mirokitchen.com or call 203-332-0001 for more information.
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