My husband and I had dinner at ONE 53 this past Saturday night...we were so pleasantly surprised after being more or less disappointed with restaurants in the Princeton area. This was the one place we put off visiting after having less than satisfying meals at Elements, Mediterra, Eno Terra, etc. The best meal we've had has been at Peacock Inn but it's quite pricey for visiting on a regular basis. We like Teresa's very much but the no reservation policy makes for a long wait (and we're on the clock with the babysitter!).
We started with the roasted cauliflower with romanesco sauce and the grilled octopus. Really enjoyed the octopus - nicely grilled, not chewy at all. Alongside the octopus were perfect little cubes of fried potatoes. Husband had a bourbon sour and I had the ONE 53 martini. Both very nice cocktails.
Oh, the kitchen sent out an amuse bouche of ravioli in a cream sauce with candied pecans and fried sage. I want to say it was butternut squash ravioli but my memory is totally escaping me. Anyways, it was delicious.
For entrees, I had the Muscovy duck breast cooked medium rare. I loved the duck and most of the accompaniments but felt the plate could have been edited down. The duck was served with a cherry sauce, shredded brussel sprouts, cubes of parsnip (or was it turnip?) and young carrots. It was just a bit too busy. My husband had the roast chicken which was fantastic. I love it when restaurants offer up amazing roast chicken.
We shared the chocolate bread pudding for dessert which was much better than most bread pudding desserts I've had - their version was very moist and almost like pudding.
All in all, a wonderful meal.
My other complaint which is not necessarily just towards ONE 53 - why do restaurants around here who put themselves out there as being serious about their food insist on having a TV at the bar? I get it at places like Triumph Brewery but it just seems kind of ridiculous at a place like ONE 53. Anyways, we'll be happy to go back there, it's just one of those things that make the restaurant feel like a chain restaurant.