Restaurants & Bars 35

Blue Bottle Cafe, Hopewell NJ

tom246 | Mar 7, 201004:32 AM

New menu (number 16) in place at Blue Bottle and it is a stunner. Where do I start. Going to The Blue Bottle is like going to three different restaurants depending which room your in. Last night was the Trellis room which is a converted greenhouse. Our server Elaine was super all evening as is all the staff.

The appetizers and salads here are fantastic but the last two times here I did not get their famous homemade gnocchi. I was determined to change that :)
First came the bread course with the delicious raisin fennel, ciabotta and whole wheat. A very nice selection that becomes an accent to the meal not just another piece of bread. Comes with fresh butter.
For starters DW had the salad which consisted of arugula and Belgian endive with Serrano ham, blood oranges, marcona almonds and roasted shallot sherry vinaigrette. Fresh, fruity and earthy all at once, a unique tasting salad. I had those homemade potato gnocchi with pork and beef bolognese, shredded piave cheese, first press olive oil and basil. Simply the lightest tastiest gnocchi I have had and the bolognese was delicious. This is normally an entree but can be had as an app.

The goodness continued with the entrees. I had a beautiful rare hunk of yellowfin tuna with white bean puree, escarole, roasted red onions, gaeta olives and tomato fennel broth. The flavors of the dish matched very well with the delicate flavor of the tuna.
DW had a great preparation of scallops. The dish consisted of large pan seared day boat scallops with ragout of black eyed peas, leeks, yellow turnips, pancetta, cremini and maitake mushrooms, red wine reduction. Innovative, bold preparation of scallops that was sensational.

The best tasting desserts are usually not overly complicated. The torta de tres leches was cinnamon sponge cake soaked with three milks, cinnamon anglaise and whipped cream. Can a dessert be light and indulgent at the same time. This is!. Just a great dessert. A cappuccino and pot of tea finished the evening.
A 2005 Rochioli Estate Pinot was up to the high caliber of the food.

The Blue Bottle Cafe is a restaurant everyone wants in their neighborhood. An upscale restaurant whose menu changes several times (4) a year.
Owner Rory Phillipson runs a very efficient front of the restaurant and creates all the wonderful desserts. Husband Aaron is the magician in the kitchen.
In the "2010 Must Try" thread BB was mentioned by several people. Get there, you won't be disappointed.

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