Inspired by this post:
I checked out Langosta Lounge's website last week and signed up for their mailing list. On Friday, received an email notice that they were having an Oscars Night Dinner and we're giving away swag bags to diners. So I headed there with my sister and one of her friends. I loved the decor as soon as I stepped in, kitschy (spelling?), warm and inviting. Great decor, comfy booths with a great ocean view.
We started with the fried olives appetizer. These were little balls of fried heaven. They were green olives with cheese fried and served with a delicious lemon basil mayo. The warm bread was also great. It had a different, almost sweet taste to it, can't put my finger on it. That was accompanied by some olive oil with roasted garlic and red peppers.
My sister and her friend both had the Skirt Steak, "marinated and roasted –sliced and topped with spring onions . Served with rice and beans – Grilled asparagus and a side of spiced fruit salsa" It was actually served with a Spanish potato cake. I'm not sure know if it noted that change on the menu. I tried the steak and it was cooked and seasoned perfectly. And that potato cake? Luscious.
I had the Langosta Caldo Verde (the paella on the website menu): "In a not so traditional cilantro broth with mussels, shrimp and seafood mixed with chorizo and vegetables over Ruby’s special Mexican rice and spice roasted garlic aioli toast points."
It was more seafood than rice and it was great. Not too spicy, 3 large mussels, lots of shrimp, a few scallops, and other white fish.
For dessert, the two girls had the the pu pu platter, which was essentially smores. It had some fabulous dark chocoalte, one with cranberries and one with pistaschios, marshmellows, graham crackers, peanut butter cups, and strawberries.
The food was great, definitely worth a trip back. I loved loved loved the decor and atmosphere. I could see myself hanging out here all year long.
Now for the slight negatives...Service was a bit shoddy. The waitress was overall friendly and nice but not on the ball. When first sat down I ordered a club soda with lime, it came out with lemon. She was no where in sight so I asked the busboy for lime. He brings me back a plate of lemons. OOOOkay....So I gave up on the limes. She also forgot to bring my sister's friend's tea. She wasn't really around to get her attention much either for these two issues. Empty glasses were left on the table after new ones were brought as well.
And the kicker...During dessert I asked if we were getting our "swag bags" as noted in the email I received. She didn't seem to know what the deal was and said the wait staff didn't really know what was going on. Oh boy....Then we got ONE bag ONLY because I paid $10 to participate in the Asbury Park Film Initiative's Oscar Raffle (swag bag was pretty cool though - mostly candy, but a candle, glass work, pottery, and the actual bag were neat). So I"m thinking I missed something in email. When I got home it says "Attendees receive swag bags...." So a bit misleading and unorganized.
However, the shoddy service and special event unorganization won't keep me away. But hopefully if they plan on donig things like this in the future, they'll pull it together better. The food definitely saved them.