WUJI Restaurant introduces organic Chinese food to Fairfield County with its first Connecticut location opening in Greenwich by month's end. Already a success in neighboring Westchester County, this innovative restaurant concept bears an eco-pledge to customers vowing to serve local, organic, chemical-free and cooked-to-order Chinese food daily. This concept is a creation of MAAC Hospitality Group and takes a favorite Chinese-American comfort food and adapts it for how people prefer to eat today. Although, admittedly I am not a huge fan of Chinese Food I was quite taken with WUJI. You can read my review here.
All WUJI locations share the same culinary platform, yet each location’s ambiance and vibe varies, with Greenwich’s being Shanghai chic. Upon entering the new 76-seat Greenwich locale, the former Hunan Gourmet next to Whole Foods, it’s evident the restaurant is a design and culinary masterpiece, with true passion at the forefront. Bright red Chinese lanterns hang from the vestibule’s ceiling. The dining area is distinguished by a grand water wall effect, which is bejeweled with colorful flower petals and floating lit candles. The black lacquer bar is reminiscent of a high-gloss piano piece with an oversized opium bed mirror displayed between 400-pound Chinese urns. Tables, chairs, and everything in between are custom made from vintage Chinese fabrics, original artwork, and a massive dragon wall sculpture designed specifically for the space.
WUJI, meaning the singularity of the universe, offers Chinese food enthusiasts a more vibrant and fresh approach to this often misrepresented cuisine and is in keeping with today’s sustainable food culture. The original menu is created by Chef Guang Zanghou, formerly of China White, culinary director Peter How, a curator for chefs directly from Hong Kong; and Chef de Cuisine Roger Luo who's pedigree includes Chinatown’s famous Golden Unicorn Restaurant. Chef Josh Moulton, former service director of NYC’s Gramercy Tavern, will manage the Greenwich location.
WUJI’s authentic recipes utilize traditional and modern preparations, and incorporate only organic chicken, pasture raised pork, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, cage-free chicken eggs, Chinatown noodles, and organic vegetables. The food is as pure and natural as it can get, ensuring no MSG hangover. A strong emphasis on gluten-free includes vegetable and high-protein dishes and eliminates the use of starch based fillers and thickeners found in traditional Chinese restaurants. A product of MAAC Hospitality Group, WUJI is co-owned by Jody Pennette, founder and creative mind behind cb5 Hospitality Consulting, and Moodi Zahid, a business partner and friend for more than 30 years.
Menus are printed with vegetable ink on disposable paper that will be recycled after each guests’ use. Favorites include; organic Heritage pork spare ribs with honey-plum glaze; lo mein noodles stir-fried with vegetables and sesame ginger sauce; Cantonese roast chicken with crispy garlic and shallots; and spicy fried rice topped with a soft egg. The beverage program includes Asian beer selections, sakes, a well-crafted wine list and a creative selection of re-batched “tiki” cocktails prepared with top shelf spirits and fresh squeezed juices. Organic house made soda, herbal infusion ice tea service, and Kusmi hot tea round out the beverage offerings.
Delivery is available by calling 1-844-WUJI-NOW, or 1-844-985-4669. Traditional suburban delivery is reimagined with food delivered to nearby locations via a hot, insulated carrier case with “drivers” delivering on a custom designed bikes. For restaurant hours and to stay up-to-date with opening information, visit www.wujirestaurant.com.
SCARSDALE: 2 Chase Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
RYE: 26 Purchase Street, Rye, NY 10580
GREENWICH: 68 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830