Last night, my cousin and I ventured out to Red Bank, NJ to see the Love, Janis show at the Count Basie Theater. Since we were coming straight from work, we knew we were going to have to get some good eats before the show. I had read some recommendations over at NJ.com and the Chowhound board that were praising Dish, a small eatery featuring New American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. After viewing the tantalizing menu, we decided to give it a try.
On their website, they describe the restaurant as having a “cozy, inviting atmosphere.” It was cozy, i.e. small, indeed. The tables were packed together quite close and I had to have my cousin pull the table out so I could squeeze in the seat. The patron behind me was so generous as to place his chair right up against the back of my chair while it was already pushed into the table. But therein lies my only complaint about Dish (sort of, see appetizer below).
Let’s start with the decor. I found it charming as there were all sorts of dishes hanging out the wall, hence the name. We were off to a good start right away as a small dish of marinated olives and warm foccacia bread were left on the table. Both were a delicious and left us anticipating what was to come.
We shared an appetizer of Sweet Potato Spring Roll. This was four triangles of a filo-type dough filled with sweet potato puree. It was served with a tangy, zesty duck sauce. It was tasty, but not memorable. The filling was good, but the outside shell was a little oily. My cousin noted she could taste the oil on the outside. The sauce didn’t do it for me either, it was just too tangy and didn’t seem to to work with the sweet potato filling. It wasn’t horrible, just not something I’d order again.
For our main entrees, my cousin had the Penne Vodka with Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil and a Touch of Cream. She thoroughly enjoyed particularly because it had large slices of garlic in it. I took a small bite and agreed that it was very good.
I had a special for my entree- Filet Mignon topped with Gorgonzola, served with Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Vegetables. This was fabulous. The filet mignon was like butter melting in my mouth. The gorgonzola on top complimented the juicy filet and the mashed potatoes were creamy and heavenly. Oh yeah, the veggies were good too. 🙂
No time for dessert as we needed to get to the show. Service was attentive without being disruptive and on point. The food was really delicious and perfectly prepared. I am anticipating going back as there are some very interesting items on their menu (Guinness Braised Short Ribs, Tuscan Seafood Stew). Definitely recommended. Also, I suggest reservations as it’s quite small. Dish is BYOB.
** The Artful Diner (on my blogroll) has written an equally positive review of Dish. Click here.