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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...

1 day ago
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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
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Sunny Palace East Brunswick .... or a plea for Chinese food


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

May 18, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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Chicken Fried Steak

Perkins too !!!

Mar 04, 2015
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Chicken Fried Steak

is it good though?

Mar 04, 2015
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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
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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
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Prime Rib - Monmouth

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

Feb 20, 2015
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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
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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

Noodles Time in Edison

Can someone do me (and probably the rest of the hounds) a favor and list the noodle places in Edison area?

I know that Noodle Time in the new place near CoCo and isn't there another noodle place that replaced Noodlelious?

And which one are the ones that was mentioned by BrianYarvin "Edison Noodle or Shanghai Noodle or King's Village"

Thanks in advance.

Jan 12, 2015
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New restaurant coming to Freehold Raceway Mall

crepe place is gone ?! that was quick....they just opened.

Jan 08, 2015
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New restaurant coming to Freehold Raceway Mall

Yes, the crepes place has been there for a while. I tried it once; it is okay for a mall crepe place.

Jan 05, 2015
yCf in New Jersey

New restaurant coming to Freehold Raceway Mall

I remember East Brunswick Square was much worse... haven't been back lately though.

Jan 04, 2015
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New restaurant coming to Freehold Raceway Mall

i noticed it closed on Jan 2nd. but i thought it was just because they were on vacation or something since it looks like it is run by a family.
It would suck if they closed.

Jan 04, 2015
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Sichuan Cottage Marlboro

We went there a few weeks ago. Sichuan dishes and noodle dishes (Dan Dan Noodle) were still solid as they were before.

Dec 08, 2014
yCf in New Jersey

Lunch Today at Shanghai Bun Matawan

I would also like to recommend the pan fried buns. I actually like that more than their soup dumpling.

Also if you happen to be there for weekend breakfast/brunch, try the Rice Roll. I also love their fresh warm soybean milk. I prefer the salty version over the sweet version.

Dec 02, 2014
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Matawan Update - West Lake, Pizza, etc.

Went to West Lake a few weeks ago for Dim Sum only and didn't notice any problems.

Nov 17, 2014
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Excellent Value... New Ichiban 18 [East Brunswick]

So I guess this is what replaced Shogun 18 ?

Looked at the website, I guess they just turned Shogun into a typical Asian Fusion place (Thai, Chinese, Japanese (Sushi & Hibachi) ).

Nov 10, 2014
yCf in New Jersey