Cliff notes: Good, interesting drinks; fairly decent and tasty food; rushed attitude to get in the late seating almost spoils it all.
There was a lively bar scene going on as we entered and we were lucky to get a small table there to have a drink while we waited for our friends. The pomegranite mojito and rum punch were good as were the small plate of fried olives we nibbled on.
Our reservation was for 6:30 so when the time arrived and our friends were yet to show, I walked over to the host and told him that we were drinking at the bar and would move to our table as soon as our friends showed up. They were not familiar with Asbury and I told the host they would be there any minute and I would watcdh for them. Right away he tells me that they are expecting to have our table ready for another party at 8:30 so he hopes our friends won't be late.
I was planning on having a no-holds barred night of eating and drinking way too much, but upon hearing the news that we were "on a timer" I mentally revised my plans.
Our friends showed up five minutes later we ordered drinks. We were catching up and chatting over our drinks when our waitress asked us if we were ready to order. It had only been maybe ten minutes since we sat so nobody had even opened a menu yet. The waitress then reiterated what the host had told me and said that we should order soon as they were seating another party at our table at 8:30.
So to review the food quickly:
Bread - not house made, but the tomato/oil/roasted garlic mix was very good to smear on the slices.
Pupu platter - kitchy, but ultimately unsatisfying. Seriously undercooked steak kabobs.
Lobster rolls - better choice for appys, tasty and fresh. 3 teeny rolls in an order made sharing hard though.
Skirt Steak Mole over "Ruby Rice" - Done medium rare as ordered. both steak and rice were flavorful and good, but the mole was weak. I make a mole with 21 ingredients that is insanely complex as a mole should be, and I can make it hot or milder, but this was just weak.
Lobster enchiladas - good, flavorful and a nice size portion too.
We then paid our check and left without coffee or dessert as we didn't want to go over our alotted time. Shame that the evening felt rushed instead of warm and hospitable.