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Goodbye Gola

Really? They really haven't been opened for that long. What a shame... I had lunch buffet there a few months ago and really liked it.

Aug 20, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

HMart Edison and what to do with semi-fresh uni

I love HMart but I don't love the food court.

The ramen place is not very good, your review is spot on.
The only places I like in the food court is the fried chicken place and the pork shoulder/leg place right next to the chicken place.

Anyhow, I think the restaurant just outside HMart are better. Both the tofu place and Boom Boom chicken serve better stuff than their counterpart in the food court.

I also like Paris Baguette more than the Tous les Jour.

Aug 14, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Recommendations for Freehold

Went to Alycia's for the first time recently.
It was quite good!! They have a variety of desirable items on the menu like chicken and waffle, braised short ribs, and shrimp and grits on the menu. And their price is very reasonable, no more expensive than a meal at Cheesecake Factory but the food is a lot better.

Jul 28, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

New restaurant coming to Freehold Raceway Mall

I tried a couple Empanadas and a Cafe con Leche. Good stuff. Definitely a great addition to the food court.

Jul 23, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Sichuan build your own stir fry, Spice 24, Edison

it's right next to Little Sheep.

Jul 09, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Sichuan build your own stir fry, Spice 24, Edison

Nice... saw this place but have no idea what are their specialties.

For the stir fries, do they have any sauces that are not spicy? Is the ginger scallion you mentioned spicy? I have two kids that are too young for mala :-)

Jul 09, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Asian in Monmouth County

Kazu moved to Freehold for a while now.

Jun 30, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Asian in Monmouth County

The Oriental - Marlboro (Where Little Saigon used to be). They have both Thai and Chinese dishes. Everything I tried so far has been quite good.

Jun 30, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Farm to Table in Monmouth or Ocean County?

I wanted to check this place out too but don't have a chance yet.

Jun 17, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Mistral, Princeton

There were about 5 contractor/construction trucks parked out there in the parking lot that day... so yeah i don't think Elements will be ready anytime soon...

May 27, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Mistral, Princeton

Tried this place out last week for lunch.
I thought it was really good. And It is no longer a BYOB.

I guess the menu changes constantly because we could not find most of the dishes mentioned on Yelp.

We had the following:
Sea Urchin Caesar Salad
Grilled Octopus confit
Tuna Tartare
Cornmeal Bucatini (with shrimp sausage)
Brisket Bolognese
Dessert: Roasted Apple Crepe.

The octupus confit, sea urchin salad, tartare and bucatini were excellent. The other 2 were good but not great.

The super thin rice chip that comes with the meal is simply amazing. I think I can be just eat that for an entire day.

Each plate is presented beautifully. The outcome might be hit or miss taste wise but you can see a lot of work go into each plate.

If you like Element, I think you would enjoy this place as well.

May 26, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Sunny Palace East Brunswick .... or a plea for Chinese food

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/nyr...

Find it kind of odd that NYTimes reviews the place 18 years after it is opened.

May 18, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Haddonfield

The only place i have eaten is the British Chip Shop which serves very good fish and chips.
There is a Japanese restaurant called Fuji that is highly rated. I wanted to try it but haven't had the chance yet.

May 01, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Spargos Grille in Manalapan

I live right by there but I have never been there just because I can't get over the fact that the restaurant is way too fancy for that strip mall.
Will definitely add this to my list for places to try.

Apr 21, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Princeton dining

I wanted to suggest Element but it is closed temporarily. I never tried but Mistral is opened by the same chef.

A few other non-dinner related recommendation:
If you like coffee, you should definitely check out Small World Coffee. And for iced cream/gelato, check out Bent Spoon.

Apr 15, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Laksa?

I think you meant CoCo in a strip mall near Editon HMart.

Apr 15, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Best cheap buffets?

From my experience Teppanyaki on 18 is the worst one i tried in recent memory.
They did have a huge selection (even for lunch) but everything i tried were pretty much horrible.

Ichiumi is the one of the best buffet option in central NJ but they are definitely not cheap.

I think most Indian buffet are cheap and good.

Apr 14, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Strip Mall Shangri-Las

Strip Mall or not H-Mart plaza is certainly a Shangri-La.

Mar 15, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Outstanding Shanghaiese food in Edison- WOW!

The XLB were quite good and i agree they are better than Matawan Shanghai Bun. Also had the chicken in wine cold appetizer. It was tasty but the chicken was slightly overcooked.
We have a couple noodle soups and they were so-so. The noodle they used are just generic store bought stuff and was a bit soggy for my taste. The fried noodle were good though.

I definitely recommend this place but I can see it could get crowded on weekend since the place was small and the kitchen isn't the quickest. We got there just before 6 on Saturday night and just beat the dinner rush.

Mar 09, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

Went to Crown Palace in Marlboro this weekend and this thread comes to my mind.

I only go there for Dim Sum lunches in recent years ever since I had a couple bad experiences with their dinners. Their Dim Sum has been passable and it is close to home. This past weekend the Dim Sums were just plain awful... everything was either overcooked or poorly made or the combination of both.

After this time, i think i am pretty much done with them but i am sure i will get drag back in every once a while since my in-laws (from Hong Kong) prefer crap Cantonese food over pretty much anything else.

Mar 09, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Bonito flakes for miso soup

Not in Jersey City but Mitsuwa in Edgewater will definitely has it.

Mar 06, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Chicken Fried Steak

Perkins too !!!

Mar 04, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Chicken Fried Steak

is it good though?

Mar 04, 2015
yCf in New Jersey
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The Oriental

Menu is now online.
Looks like a typical Chinese take-out place that offers a few Thai dishes.
No intention to visit anytime soon.

I am not the biggest fan of Little Saigon but I much rather have a mediocre Vietnamese place in that location than another one of these Americanized Chinese joints.

Feb 26, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

The Oriental

yikes, sounds like it's going to be another typical Chinese takeout.

For your Pho craving, i think you have to go down to Miss Saigon in Freehold.

Feb 24, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Prime Rib - Monmouth

from what i gathered, she's the wife of sws123....

Feb 20, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Recommendations for Freehold

what do you recommend at Bahia? I always want to try it but is always put off by the potential communication problems and the extremely mixed reviews.

Jan 22, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Recommendations for Freehold

lol... we sure are helpful and supportive with your decision to explore downtown Freehold.

The most covenient parking is the lot described by jsfien and jrvedivici

Unfortunately, there don't seem to be anything really great in Freehold. There are a bunch okay restaurants, IMHO.

Here's my list of places you might want to try (all walkable from that parking lot, the "downtown" is really a small area):
Solo - Italian
Main Street Falafel (formerly Ibby's)
El Meson - Tex Mex
Metropolitan cafe
A Little bit of Cuba
Ginger - Indian buffet

There are a few places that i want to try but haven't had a chance to yet:
Don Pepe - Peruvian
Gola - Indian

There is also Empanada Guy restaurant but it is not in the town area. It's about a 5 minutes (or less) drive away in it's own strip mall.

Jan 21, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Recommendation for favorite Korean BBQ in NJ

Good call. Totally forgot about this place.

Jan 20, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

Empanada Guy

I like this place a lot too.
$6 and change for two empanadas, in and out in 5 mins.
Quick, convenient and delicious!!

Jan 20, 2015
yCf in New Jersey