Match in South Norwalk to Reopen This Week; Cocktail Party Thursday
By Amy Kundrat and Stephanie Webster/CTbites
After months of planning and a sleight of hand two week renovation, Match restaurant in South Norwalk is poised to reopen this week with a blow-out opening cocktail party celebrating the new Match on Thursday, March 20 at 5 pm. Beginning Thursday at 7:30 pm, reservations will be accepted for dinner with business as usual for SoNo’s beloved restaurant.
Match opened up its still very dusty doors to CTbites over the weekend before the reopening, giving us a behind the scenes look at what to expect from the new Match, from its décor (purple!), new brand (relaxed and modern), to its new menu (more is more) and glimpses of a handful of reimagined and darn good looking dishes.
A steady fixture in the Fairfield County dining scene with chef/owner Matt Storch (left) at the helm for the past fourteen years, Match has built a loyal following and a menu of popular dishes along the way. In fact, when Match first announced it would close temporarily for renovations, many people reacted with equal parts fear and excitement, worried they would lose their beloved dishes such as Carpetbaggers and Wasabi Tuna (or was that just us?), but also looking forward to the restaurant’s facelift.
Here's what to expect...
As food lovers, we were excited to get a glimpse of what Matt’s vision for the menu would be. He started hinting to us at the very beginning of the year that he wanted to shake things up while still remaining true to Match’s roots. The result? A broader menu, touches of whimsy, and a greater variety of price points. The other big change is flexibility. Match plans to print a menu every day and there are plans for lunch service in the coming months.
The first new section of dishes is called “Nibbles,” and was conceived as shareable small and crave-worthy small plates ranging from $5 to $9 each, including China Wings, Poppers, Tacos du Jour and Bistro Fries each with Storch’s original spin. Storch is especially excited for the “New School Raw Bar,” his take on not-so-raw offerings led by Match’s famous carpetbaggers, tuna and steak tartare, baked clams and crudo, to name a few.
These dishes range from $10 to $16. Feel like celebrating? A trio of “Delicacies” will offer caviar, foie gras, and truffles. You could hang out with these three courses on the menu for just about any occasion, from a quick snack paired with a cocktail to an all-out celebratory affair and some bubbles.
Jumping to the larger plates at the center and right of the menu, you’ll find “Classic Cravings,” “Market Finds” and “Wood Oven.” The cravings are dishes inspired by beloved Match dishes, such as the Wasabi Tuna and Kisses from Angles, to a new rich oxtail broth-based Pho, Osso Bucco, and Steak Frites. Big appetites need apply. For fish and wood oven dishes, Match added a new Octopus Frites dish and kept the Roast Chicken (similar but a bit different, Matt assures us) which appear along with a plethora of new pizzas, including a Bacon-Potato-Egg, a Fried Shrimp, and a Forest Pizza of pesto, brandied mushrooms, and spicy fried rock shrimp. Rounding out the menu are two dishes built for two, including a serious plate of meat, a Bone-in Ribeye.