On this beautiful Saturday, we headed south to do some shopping, see a movie at the Ritz and then went to one of our favorite restaurants, Blackbird Dining Establishment.
Blackbird has a modern, urban feel to it from the hardwood floors, copper top tables to the posters and drawings around the restaurant. Think NYC, soho or chelsea.
There is also an energy and vibe here, people know and enjoy great food.
Sat down to our 7:30 reservation and were promptly brought some crusty bread and some of the tastiest olive oil you can imagine. Cassandra, our server all evening was friendly and very efficient. Water glasses always filled and even though the place was very busy she was able to give us wine service all through our meal. A nice touch.
From the menu appetizers and a few specials my wife chose a special of panko crusted mozzarella on a bed of sliced grape tomatoes and drizzled with a basil pesto. This was a blend of texture and flavor, both adding to the total dish.
Chef Capasso is a genius with pasta, I had the butternut squash agnolotti, pine nuts, golden raisins, brown butter and sage. This was a decadent blend of savory and sweet, I could have eaten these all night.
For entrees DW had seared breast of free range chicken, homemade linguini with wild mushrooms, jus de poulet. Simple but so delicious and the homemade pasta with the entree was a treat. Also had spinach as part of the entree.
I had a special which was a very large center cut pork chop which was cooked perfectly whole and then cut and served with carmelized apples on top of fingerling potatoes with a small amount of merlot sauce. Also had spinach. Very flavorful, rich and a large portion.
Shavings of black truffle are available for all dishes.
All of the food is well put together and presented without being overdone or fussy.
From the dessert menu we shared a expresso creme brulee with two snicker doodles on the side. The cookies were great and the brulee had a crispy thin shell with an excellent creamy expresso flavor. Very yummy. A fresh coffee finished the evening.
A nice Rivers Marie Pinot was also enjoyed with dinner.
Chef Capasso had very successful stints as the chef at Max's in Cinnaminson and more recently at Misto in Cherry Hill but being Chef-owner of Blackbird has given him the freedom to reach out and show all his skills.
One small caveat, the room can be noisy at peak times on the weekend but some planning can avoid that. Plus the cooking here more than makes up for it.
Here is the website and notice that March 22-27 is SJ restaurant week, 4 courses for $35.00. A nice way to sample the delicious food here.