l

LarryLg's Profile

Title Last Reply

Nemo - Keyport Sushi-Pan-Asian Cuisine

I'd like to start this off with a personal note. I don't get tooo excited about new Asian restaurants (i.e. Manow & Bando) as often times the food is great in the beginning, then it starts to decline, or just flat out close down. Well I've been to Nemo 4 times, and while I'm not a big sushi person, I've only tried the Pan-Asian dishes, here's my take: Very Good. On every visit I've started my meal with the crispy duck roll, an eggroll shell filled with roast duck & deep fried. Dipping sauces include cocnut, mango, hoisin, and a sweet teriyaki, my favorite being the coconut. Steamed dumplings, made in house, smaller than the standard cookie cutter dumplings found at most take-out places, fresh bright flavored filling (pork) with a very thin dumpling skin. The crispy duck roll is without a doubt one of the best appetizers I've had lately. Hot Thai entrees that I've tried have been, Thai basil beef, pork with Thai red curry, Pad Thai with chicken. All have been very good, although I do enjoy Thai food with a little more heat, they did provide me with some chili paste to add on my own. The Thai basil beef is served on a bed of garlicky sauteed baby boc choy, with a good amount of thai basil. The pad thai is good but pretty standard, the red curry pork served in a caserole dish with potatoes, mushrooms, red onions & string beans has been my favorite thus far. The Thai dishes on the menu aren't separated fron other Asian dishes on the menu, they are listed under either Kitchen Specialties, or Entrees from the Kitchen, a little confusing, but not that difficult. Hot dishes that I would consider being Chinese that I have tried are chicken with hot green peppers and chicken & broccoli, (which is called Broccoli with Soy Ginger Sauce w/Chicken on the menu) & chicken with stringbeans. (Stringbeans w/ Garlic Sauce w/ Chicken on the menu) The dishes are worded like that because you have your choice of meat, or tofu. Regardless of the wording the Chicken & Broccoli is the best I've had anywhere, as is the Chicken & Stringbeans, although I've never had that anywhere else. In both dishes you can taste the heat of the wok & niether one is covered in a greasy - cornstarch thickened sauce, they are very lightly coated with the sauce. I also loved the pineapple fried rice. It's not the usual soy sauce-browned rice with peas & carrots. The rice is still relatively white with shrimp, chicken, pineapple, edamame, red pepper, thai basil & cashews. Very different from the normal, and quite well recieved by me. Enjoy.
http://www.nemorestaurant.co/

Sep 28, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Bolognese sauce

The best Bolognese I've had in a long time was at Ama in Atlantic Highlands. It was a special, so if you decide to try it, call first to see if it's being offered. If not I urge you to try the restaurant anyway!

Sep 16, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Pazzo's Red Bank

i don't know, I tend to go out to eat....

Sep 06, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Obviously cooking gameshows aren't real, but how not real...

Here's some 'food for thought'. While watching the credits roll on Top Chef last night, I noticed that one of the sponsers is S.C. Johnson. Interestingly enough, here in NJ, the Johnson family owns a little restaurant called Rat's. Rat's is the restaurant that contestant Kevin is the head chef at. In my opinion, he seems talented enough, and has done some very nice things. I'm just adding this to the conversation.

Aug 26, 2010
LarryLg in Food Media & News

Bistro Ole - Asbury Park.

Ooooops! Sorry, I do however have a new eyeglass prescription. lol

Aug 10, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Master Chef elimination round part 2

This show sucks.

Aug 04, 2010
LarryLg in Food Media & News

Non-Vegetarian Indian in Central Jersey?

LNG212 thanks. The menu is exactly what we're looking for, just a little too far for this occasion. Menu reads exceptionally well!

Jul 19, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Non-Vegetarian Indian in Central Jersey?

I'm in Monmouth County, but meeting friends from Middlesex. I was kind of hoping for a recommendation around Oak Tree Rd., mostly because I know the area, as well as the abundance of restaurants in the area. Which one though? I have no preferences between styles, other than non-vegetarian.

Jul 19, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Non-Vegetarian Indian in Central Jersey?

I have no idea where to begin, any recommendations?

Jul 19, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Bond Street Bar - Asbury Park

I don't think the 'dude' was ripping the place dude, just trying to give people a mental picture. Not everyone knows the local artists by name. great first post though, lot's of info about pricing & lightbulbs, oh the taco's sound good.

Jul 13, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

The Boards Restaurant-Asbury

I remember a similar post for the Wine Loft in Long Branch. In the post the place was described as 'the sexiest space in Long Branch'. I've still yet to try it, and by the posting history on this board many others haven't as well.

-----
The Wine Loft
32 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Jun 18, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Belford Bistro (Belford NJ)

I like Belford Bistro, and I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy it Sockster. Here's where I'd like to pose a question though. If you were so unsatisfied with your visit, I'd like to ask if you made the owners aware of your disapointment? After all as you replied to me in reference to Ama, 'they can't fix what they don't know about'.

-----
Belford Bistro
870 Main Street, Belford, NJ 07718

Jun 07, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

I'm thinking that the best seafood shack

Went to Fins once, and was served guacamole from a can, but at least they folded some fresh avacado in. It was not good. The tuna was also freakishly red......

May 25, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Review of Ama, Atlantic Highlands

We tried AMA two weeks ago, and sorry to say Sockster, but it was a TOTAL dusappointment. I understand your comments about service, however what we experienced defies any excuse. The two of us called for a last minute reservation on a Friday night, We were accomodate with a 7:00 PM, arriving to a completely empty resaturant. Calamari appetizer was ok, but jere's my complaint: Our server walked over while we were eating our squid and said, "Are you finished with that, because your entrees are coming out now". My entree was the Chicken/salad you described in your original post, what I recieved... one very thin, dry, overcooked piece of chicken, with a salad on top, all for $24 - ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!! My DW ordered orechietti with brocoli rabe, barely enough for an appetizer, let alone a main course, oh and btw it was priced in the 20's. Dessert was ok, but I don't think it was made in house. I know I'm not paying for incredible 'white glove service' but I am paying for food. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, in the words of The Who: 'Won't get fooled again'! Ther are far too many better dining options in the area, with better service. Just as an aside though, when we were leaving the restaurant there were about 15 other diners inthe place. I guess the buzz about AMA is wearing off.

May 05, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Where to Eat on Easter Sunday in Monmouth County?

I think it's sacreligious. What I do find funny, is that the restaurant is running an early-bird special on a holiday! I think that a trip to Piccolo Italia, or David Burke's Fromagerie, would probably be a better idea.

-----
Fromagerie Restaurant
26 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

Mar 31, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Trinity in Keyport.

Wanted to give it a try, but the website is really confusing. Maybe I should throw my prayers to the wind and give it a try, just hope that I won't be read my last rughts.
trinity.com
trinitynj.com
restauranttrinity.com

Feb 04, 2010
LarryLg in New Jersey

Bistro Ole - Asbury Park.

After hearing raves from many for years, albeit with a lul in the raves after the departure of chef Vivas, I finally had a chance to try Bistro Ole. (suprised that there were no threads dedicated to the place here on Chowhound)
Overall we liked the food, but felt it all needed a bit of seasoning. I had heard from friends that the food renged from fukk flavored to downright spicy, but I felt that it was all a bit flat, not that any of it was bad, nothing could be further from the truth, it was all quite good, just could have used a little more seasoning. We ordered the Plaintains with Guacamole, Fried Calamari with Spicy Piri piri, and the Spicy Meatball starters. All needed salt, and the spicy items weren't spicy. Entrees included the Paella Valencia, Shirt Syeak with Spicy Chimichurri, and a T-Bone Steak topped with Garlic Shrimp. The Spicy Chimichurri was indeed spicy, however the steak was a little overcooked (as was the T-Bone) The flavor of the entrees was definately a step up on the appetizers, with the hit of the night being the Paella. The service was very good, as the staff really goes out of the way to make you feel comfortable. I will definately go back, if for nothing else but the Paella, Maybe on a slower night as the restaurant was quite busy on this Friday Nigyt.

-----
Bistro Ole
230 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Nov 04, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey

New to the Matawan area

I like McDongh's pub as well, I also think the little place behind it is fantastic.

Nov 04, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey

Copper Canyon in Atlantic Highlands

Copper Canyon is home to a bunch of my area favorite dishes, guacamole, crabcake, NY strip, and fish tacos. Come to think of it, I have never ordered anything that I didn't enjoy. Keep in mind though, as per other threads on this board, you will be charged for chips and salsa!

Oct 21, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey

Cheesesteaks in Monmouth County?

While I've never had a cheesesteak from Pat's or Gino's in Philly, my favorite is definately Willy's in Red Bank. You can see the quality of the meat before it is put on the grill, fresh beef sliced in house, (ribeye?). I also like the cheese sauce - Willy's version of Cheeze Wiz (I guess), although I preter melted provolone. I also like the fries, not hand cut, but properly prepared frozen.

Oct 21, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey

crowne palace, middltwn or marlboro?

Crown Palace in Middletown has been my go-to for Chinese/American for quite some time. Lately though it has slipped quite a bit. My last visit, which was take out. The good: the bbq spare ribs were excellent. Unlike many Chinese restaurants these ribs were more like St. Louis cut ribs, with alot of meat & nice fat content. Often times spare ribs in Chinese restaurants are small with little substance, not the case - this time anyway. I also oove that dim sum is available anytime, not the Dim Sum Brunch, just the pork & waterchestnut dumplings, topped with oyster auce. I love these, and it is probably one of the main reasons I go to Crown Palace, it's not on many menus that I've seen anyway, The Bad: every thing else from practically inedible Moo Shu Porh, fishy tasting, obviously because of dirty oil. We also ordered crispy shredded beef. It was deep fried strips of beef, with a cloyingly sweet sauce. I've had this dish before, and enjoy it, just not this time. I also notice that both dished are printr=ed in red, with a little chile pepper next to them 'denotes hot & spicy' - never does, if you advertise heat, I sugest you bring it, like Thai restaurants often do. With all that said, I'll probably still go back, because when they get it right it's usually pretty good.

Oct 07, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey

Expectations Exceeded - Portuguese in Manasquan

The inconsistencies that plague the Portuguese/Brazilian BBQ's in New Jersey are ridiculous. While I've never tried Surf & Turf, I've tried alot of others that sound similar. My current favorite, although nowhere near Surf & Turf, is Frango BBQ in South Amboy, I believe it's also in a different county as well. Great hand cut fries, and wonderfully consistent chicken.

Sep 30, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey

At The Table, Asbury Park, NJ

Well I made it to The Table yesterday. We tried to get there on Sunday, unaware of the early closing time. Nice casual place, lots of good things, and a few not so good. The not so good would be the service, very slow, almost felt like we were in the south. I don't want to say inattentive, but the only way I can sum it up is that our waitress was almost shy? She spoke very softly, and was quite hard to hear. She also kept coming by to tell us that our food would ne out in a few minutes, three times! Don't get me wrong she was extremely nice and in a way I think she was almost apologizing for the food taking so long to come out, we waited nearly 45 minutes for anything, except for the wonderful cornbread! Just another note on service, although it is probably a kichen gaff, the appetizer was served with the main course.

On to the good the food! Here's what we ordered, fried chicken, short ribs, turkey chop, honey bbq chicken wings, mac and cheese, collard greens, blackeyed peas w.rice. The fried chicken can only be described as excellent, hot and juicy with a light breading. The same breading was on the turkey chop. I had never even heard of a turkey chop. Turns out it is a thick slice of turkey breast with the bone still attached - GENIUS! I ordered it smothered and it was fantastic. The short rib was just OK, cooked until tender but just a little boring. Wings we good, a little over sauced, but I guess that is how it's supposed to be. The bbq was very thick and sweet, with a little smoke flavor, atop wings that were deep fried. Sides wrre good, my favorite being the mac and cheese. Collards were good, although I prefer the ones at Jameson's. Didn't have room for any of the cakes, although they looked great, and if they are half as good as the cornbread the're a winner!

Sep 30, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey

Top Chef Vegas Ep. #3 09/02/09 (spoilers)

I'm not sure if it had been published in any other books, but 'Potato Rissotto' is a recipe/technique in Michel Richard's Happy In The Kitchen.

Sep 03, 2009
LarryLg in Food Media & News

Top Chef Vegas Ep. #3 09/02/09 (spoilers)

Right, I'm defending him - bull. Read my post again. You obviously missed the part where i wrote i preferred HER.

Sep 03, 2009
LarryLg in Food Media & News

Top Chef Vegas Ep. #3 09/02/09 (spoilers)

She did outcook him twice, and I prefer her to him, however she also made ceviche twice, and did another cold preparation using smoked salmon once. I was happy to see her cook during the elimination challenge, as her resume is quite immpressive.

As far as the 'favoritism' comment, do you think it was made due to the fact that Eric Ripert is often a guest chef on Top Chef? While I respect her ability, did a spritz of lime juice and some fresh herb garner a victory worth 15K on a reality show where we are led to believe the focus is on cooking?

Sep 03, 2009
LarryLg in Food Media & News

No Reservations: Montana

Loved the show as well, even with the reduced focus on food. Let's all remember, Tony is a famous author who happened to be a chef, not a famous chef who wrote a book - by his own admission. With that being said, his Les Halles cookbook is wonderful, so I tend to think that he really probably was a fantastic chef.

Aug 31, 2009
LarryLg in Food Media & News

LUNCH AT SPRING LAKE OR SEA GIRT OVERLOOKING OR NEAR THE WATER

Oddly enough, the Island Palm Grill website does include a lunch menu: http://islandpalmgrill.com/_wsn/page2...

Aug 25, 2009
LarryLg in Mid-Atlantic

Top Chef and we're off! (possible spoilers)

Ceviche wins another challenge. Does anyone else wish that these chefs would just COOK something?

Aug 20, 2009
LarryLg in Food Media & News

Sunday Brunch in Monmouth County NJ

While i've never been to either, ChefBri30 did use those two magic little words 'Mothers Day'. I'm sure that added a little to the check.

Aug 05, 2009
LarryLg in New Jersey