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Alison Cafe - Barshak in the 'burbs

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Alison Cafe - Barshak in the 'burbs

David De Silva | Jan 7, 2002 09:22 AM

My wife and I ate at Alison Cafe Saturday night and had an excellent meal. It is Alison Barshak's (original chef at Striped Bass)latest restaurant. It is in a little newly built cafe next to the Cedars County Store on Skippack Pike in Cedars (before you get to the village of Skippack).

It is BYOB and a comfy little place. We ate early (6:00)and by 7:00 it was packed. The food is simple yet deftly made, using excellent ingredients to make very tasty food. Appetizers are $6-$9 while entrees are $15-$24. Entrees include 4-5 fish dishes, a pasta dish, and a few meat dishes. But, the menu changes according to what's at the market. For apps. we had the Grilled Asparagus with caper, black olives, bacon and parmesan and the Crab Rangoon sticks, both were very good. For entrees we had the Herb Seared Snapper with garlic mashed potatoes and balsamic sauce (very good)and the Roasted Lamb with sweet mash and fig relish (very good as well). The fish was done just right (no surprise there) as was the lamb (finally, someone who knows what med-rare really is).

Desserts are all homemade and good. We had the chocolate, banana, caramel profiteroles and the creme brulee. The profiteroles were a tad too dry but the dish was still good. They even have a nice outdoor brick patio that is currently being used, enclosed using plastic sheeting and large outdoor heaters. It was full when we left. We are very glad that such a fine chef is near us serving tasty food in a cute cafe setting. We will definitely be back!

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