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Anyone tried Aqua Blue in Toms River?

Went for a second dinner. What a disappointment!!!! My husband ordered the same dinner as last time (gnocchi and shrimp), he said it was almost inedible. I ordered the fish provencal. Bland and tasteless. Tuna appetizer was okay. Desserts were again nothing to write home about. Consistency seems to be an issue as the couple we were ith also had the same issues. One okay/decent meal, then a horrible one. Service was good, however we are not coming for the service. At this point, we are willing to drive up to McCloone's Pier House or Avenue for a consistent and delicious meal. What a disappointment!

Jan 29, 2012
shorefoodiecouple in New Jersey

Kimchi & Sushi, Lincroft

Thanks for the posts. I never knew this place existed. I too drive from Ocean County to Edison to hit HMart and Kum Ho Jung for a meal so this would be a nice, closer option. While my husband loves bibimbap and kimchi soon dubu jigae (and he's white LOL), my children love galbi. Has any one had galbi there? Do they cook on charcoal?

Nov 23, 2011
shorefoodiecouple in New Jersey

Anyone tried Aqua Blue in Toms River?

My husband and I were excited to try to newly opened restaurant. The Toms River area is essentially void of higher end restaurants, with the exception of just a few. Be advised... in speaking with our waitress we learned that the restaurant is in a "soft opening" phase and that menu items are changing. We were the only couple in the main dining room when we arrived with a 5:30 reservation. By the end of the meal 5 other tables had filled up. The bar area was full when we arrived. Decor is clean and of the "aqua" marine coral type. My one complaint are the odd spoon, fork, spatula wall art pieces that do not match the otherwise tasteful decor. Our meal began with ciabatta bread and a tasty fruity olive oil dip. Good but nothing earth shattering. My husband was thrilled that East and West coast oysters were offered (Malpeque and Kumomoto). He preferes the West Coast which are more difficult to find here. The best part of the meal- the house ground incredibly hot fresh horseradish! Please do not change this! I ordered the colossal shrimp cocktail. 2 nice sized shrimp arrived and were perfectly cooked, not overdone. Cocktail sauce is made with the house horseradish and was very good. My husband and I both ordered the pan seared gnocchi with shrimp and wild mushrooms. Initially, we both felt while good, was slightly underseasoned. My husband said with every bite the flavor improved and may have been since he had briny oysters and olives from his martina which threw off his salinity. By the end of the dish, I still felt mine was still slightly underseasoned. The gnocchi were light and pillowy, not dense, shrimp were perfectly cooked, and we both enjoyed the variety of wild mushrooms and accompanying sauce. We saved room for dessert which we were disappointed with. We shared the carrot cake with cinnamon ice cream. The carrot cake was a bit on the dry side (the carrot cake I make at home is moister) and the cinammon ice cream had no hint of cinammon. I do have to admit, it may have been dulce du leche ice cream (I may have mixed up what I was reading from the menu with what I received) however, even if it was dulce du leche ice cream, it still lacked the flavor punch that I am accustomed with premium ice cream. My husband's one pet peeve- he ordered a Sambuca with his espresso. The bartender initially poured a Sambuca Black which we returned,we have never heard of a bartender serving Black unless specifically requested, especially with coffee. The Sambuca White was served in a fancy shot glass- blah! My husband prefers it be served in a brandy snifter with 3 espresso beans (good luck), of course none fit in the shot glass. Andrea our server was fabulous, service in general appeared to be well established considering the "soft opening" status. Meal courses came out quickly and were timed well. All in all, we were very pleasantly surprised and are VERY hopeful that Aqua Blue will become our new go to place. FYI- the menu also includes less expensive items such as pizza if you bring children or want a less expensive meal out.

Nov 23, 2011
shorefoodiecouple in New Jersey