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Blue Bottle Café - Hopewell, NJ

MercerChow | Sep 9, 200704:37 AM

The Blue Bottle Café has become one of the hot BYOB tables in the Trenton/Princeton area in 2007. Mrs MercerChow and I have tried to go on several occasions without success, chiefly because we tried on Sunday, when they are closed.

We finally succeeded and are glad for it. The food is good, the prices reasonable, and the service fine. That said, the Blue Bottle is not a knock-your-socks-off place (which leaves me somewhat mystified regarding the current frenzy). It is comparable to the nearby Brothers Moon – a fine and reliable local fixture – and I would be hard-pressed to choose between the two.

I started with the chilled tomato gazpacho with yellow tomato puree and diced cucumber, which was good and lovely to look at. Mrs MC had the Blue Bottle salad (mixed baby greens with sliced red grapes, toasted hazelnuts, red wine and honey vinaigrette, shaved manchego cheese). The hazelnuts are a nice, crunchy touch.

I continued with the cornmeal crusted lemon sole with fingerling potatoes, corn, English peas and crawfish remoulade. Definitely would recommend it, with the warning that it does have a bit of heat. Mrs MC had two starters in lieu of an entrée – the Nova Scotia mussels with andouille sausage, sliced garlic, and baby tomatoes in a white wine broth, and the roasted pepper and portabella mushroom terrine with boursin cheese and basil crème fraiche. Both were good.

We finished with a selection of three cheeses, of which the Eppoises was outstanding.

We definitely will add the Blue Bottle to our regular rotation. A couple of additional notes: (1) The space is tightly packed and was noisy when full on Saturday night. (2) There were no vegetarian options on the entrée menu.

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