Last night my wife and I tried a new restaurant called Bia located in the Majestic Hotel in Ocean Grove. The ambience was just lovely in every way. The hardwood floors were polished to a high gloss, the walls were muted soft green and the tables well spaced with crisp linens. Soft contemporary music was in the background and it added to the whole package. Our server, Chris was very nice, efficient and low key. Now for the food. My wife and I shared an arugula salad with a champagne vinegarette dressing, that was so light it was excellent.
What I liked was that the salad was split for two before it came to our table. For the entrée my wife had the swordfish with a Moroccan cream sauce (very light hand with the sauce, which seemed to have a touch of “heat”) with cous cous and lightly sautéed red peppers onions. It was just delicious. The swordfish literally melted in your mouth. She did not want to even let me have a taste, but she did. My entrée was crab cakes that were outstanding. Sided with jasmine rice that just melted in your mouth.
Desserts are homemade and we opted to share the warm chocolate bread pudding with ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream—bodacious! We had the opportunity to meet the chef also named Chris who graduated from CIA in New York and has real talent.
Bottom line $73 before tip for food, service and ambiance that were all truly outstanding - I would definitely recommend trying Bia before the summer crowd descends. It is located in
the Majestic Hotel on 19 main avenue about 1/2 block from the beach at Ocean Grove, NJ.
They do accept reservations for 2 or more people, open for lunch and dinner 7 days. They are BYOB and do not have a web site as yet. Their phone number is 732-775-6100.
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