Finally got to Nisi Estiatorio's in Englewood after having watched it on my to-do wish list for the last year. Probably one of the best meals I’ve had in NJ, much less Bergen County in the last 3 years.
We started with the octopus appetizer ($16)...I’m usually octo-adverse- my only experiences with them more reminiscent of chewing on a tire than eating fish.... oh, my- what a freaking delight...grilled and served with a onion/fennel compote, I've never tasted something so tender, smoky and fabulous all at the same time...I'm an octo-convert.
We had the assorted dips –tarmasalada, tziki, and eggplantsalata ($14) good stuff, though wasn’t wowed.
Next: 2 barbouni (red mullet) whole, dipped in flour then pan-fried… super crisp, perfectly cooked and fabulous…considered ordering another for dessert
Next: Bronzini- grilled perfectly & served with oil and lemon. Simple and delicious.
Side dish: Horta…I’m a fan of greens, though think these could have stewed a bit longer, as there was some stringiness left from undercooking the chard/kale combo.
Cinnamon flaky bottom with orange pastry cream, and something else…decent, but not particularly memorable (and would have skipped it for another go round with an 8 tentacled wonder).
2 glasses of Greek Pinot Noir
1 bottle of Greek white
2 glasses Muscat
$186 + tip
Service: Funny, warm, and attentive.
90 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631