Met our good friends early last night in Lambertville. Wanting to try something new we had a reservation at Brian’s, the new restaurant whose space previously housed Number 9.
The first thing you notice is the very large brick oven that dominates the back space which had been a couple extra tables. It has cut down on space but has opened up the menu choices and possibilities.
The menu is broken down several ways. There are appetizers, hand made pasta in app and entrée portions, selection of brick oven pizza as appetizers, entrees and also a 3 course prix fixe menu combining various apps and entrees. Enough already, how was the food. Very happy to say that we ordered a variety of plates and thoroughly enjoyed everything.
Appetizers were mixed lettuces with herbed goat cheese and sherry vinaigrette. Fresh, nice hunk of goat cheese in a tasty vinaigrette. A very earthy and tasty puree of mushroom soup with truffle oil was a treat. An app portion of potato gnocchi with short rib ragu was excellent. Shrimp “cheesecake” with red pepper sauce was a fun dish. Was not quite as cheesecake like as we thought, more like a quiche but still tasty.
Entrees were Roasted organic chicken with truffle leak sauce which was moist and yummy. Braised beef ala mode with horseradish was braised shoulder for several hours, tender and flavorful over mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Duck Shepards pie was a casserole filled with duck, veggies and topped with a combination of mashed potatoes, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Hearty and delicious. Crabcake with mustard sauce had a good amount of crab with just a bit of filler to keep it together and was given a thumbs up.
The Shepards pie and crab cake were part of the prix fixe, desserts were included. Fresh berries with a scoop of homemade blueberry ice cream was very good and bread pudding with amaretto sauce hit the mark.
Even on a busy Saturday evening, chef owner Brian Held took the time to visit each table with a friendly greeting and ask how the meal was going. You can sense his desire to have people enjoy their experience.
His reputation at Rouget in Newtown was very positive, he brings the same skills to a more relaxed setting in Lambertville.
Our server Stacy and staff was a joy all evening and was a great help with helping to decide on menu choices. Two bottles of vino, Turley Zinfandel and Apersand Cabernet finished off a nice meal.
If your over in the Lambertville area, Brian’s is worth a visit. Here is a link to the website but the menu is tweaked often so items listed are examples and may not be available.