Yes, You Can (Tiin)
Can Tiin combines French techniques with fresh and crisp Asian Flavors.
Can Tiin (pronounced “canteen”) opened last December next door to Bridgeport’s Bijou Theatre. Fairfield-based owner Kevin Lalumiere describes the eatery as “a smashing head on of French technique and fresh, crisp Asian flavors.” Lalumiere, who possesses a French culinary background, teamed up with Chef Brian Reilly (formerly of Vespa) and created the concept after learning about his extensive experience with Asian cuisine.
Dishes like bao steam buns (pork belly with cucumber, and a mini-burger drenched in Epoisses cheese are the two most popular varieties), udon noodles with octopus and Korean chili paste (“not for the faint of heart” warns Lalumiere), and curried moules frites are just a few of the options. Lalumiere adds that thanks to “phenomenally talented mixologist” and general manager, Kim Schroeder, Can Tiin offers a great cocktail program with drinks like the Banana Hammock (Appleton Estate rum with house made banana puree and lime) and The Avenue (Meteoro mezcal, ginger, lime, grapefruit, and Thai basil).
The space was imaginatively redesigned by Connecticut-based Beinfield Architecture and features a long, glossy bar which gives way to a two level, loft-style dining room with bright red floors and industrial lighting. “They really did an awesome job,” states Lalumiere
269 Fairfield Ave.