After a postponement about a month ago, we finally made our way to Jocelyne's. A nice, small, cozy and homey French restaurant in the pretty Maplewood Village. If you are not familiar with your way around these parts of NJ, as we were, the task of navigating to find this town can be quite daunting - especially in the night. But then again, New Jersey has these gems that, being from NY, has always been a treat for us to be able to BYO with the stuff that I want to drink and dine with.
The terrine of foie gras, as a starter, was as good as it looks. Understated, yet it allowed me to settle in and it provided a comforting expectations of the ensuing dishes to come. My wife had the raw oysters. They were fresh and they had 2 kinds that night - West and East Coasts.
Our main dishes followed. The pheasant was done perfectly with it's succulent meat that never tasted gamey at any point. The seared foie gras on the side was a very good counter-balance to the bird. Our other main dish was the rack of lamb. Again, this was cooked exactly to my liking - pink on the insides and crusted on the outsides. This was a very good lamb dish with the main portions of the meat separated from the rib bones. The sauces that accompanied the dishes were flavorful but not overwhelming. They were just right and I was just as glad that I brought one of my current favorite drinking bottle, a '96 Sociando Mallet, which very nicely complemented our main dishes.
For dessert we had the warm chocolate cake with ice cream. A very nice finish to a satisfying and comforting meal.
We can't help but notice the other dishes being served to the other tables and they all looked very inviting. Especially the seafood dishes. We know that it won't be long before we make our next trek to Maplewood.
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