Thought I would start a new thread with the proper spelling of the restaurant. Our experience here was very good, especially for a place only open a couple of weeks.
Arrived a bit earlier than our 8:00 reservation, no problem, a warm greeting from Karen the hostess and we were seated.
A complimentary amuse of a large toast with sundried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and herbs was strong on the cheese but tasty.
There was a choice of three different breads, a very nice touch and olive oil was on the table. Water glasses were kept full all evening.
Our server Rachel went through a series of specials and combined with the large menu made for a variety of choices.
Appetizers were Diver Sea Scallops which were nicely grilled with a Tahitian vanilla bean reduction and a side of grilled asparagus. Tasty and a substantial portion.
I had the Ahi Tuna Tower which was sushi grade tuna, avacado, sweet red pepper, tomato, in a tall tower with dabs of wasabi, pickled ginger on the corners of the plate and a ladle of soy sauce to dip into. The combined flavors of this dish were wonderful and the presentation was something to see. A shame to dig in and eat it but I did :)
The apps were substantial portions, I had ordered the Pera salad expecting an individual portion but I received more than enough for two. We shared this which was baby field greens, poached pear, strawberries, honey roasted walnuts goat cheese, lightly dressed in a hazelnut vinaigrette. Very nice summer salad, BTW, our view of the kitchen showed EVERY single salad was hand made.
Entrees were a special of Sauteed Grouper over a bed of garlic broccoli rabe and white beans with some grilled cherry tomatoes. Very "Italian" style preparation, my wife thoroughly enjoyed the flavors.
I had the Berkshire Double Cut Pork Loin which was essentially a large double cut chop prepared as ordered to keep it moist. Came over a creamy risotto, with a small side of oven dried tomatoes and raisins. Tender, juicy and flavorful dish.
Totally stuffed, we passed on dessert but Karen came out with a large fresh fruit plate which contained honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes and sliced oranges. To say this was a wonderful gesture is not saying enough.
Service all evening from Rachel, Karen and the team was warm and friendly.
Our dinner was leisurely paced, our courses were spread out as the kitchen was quite busy on this Saturday evening. Remember they are just two weeks old.
We want to come back and sample more of the menu but based on our first visit, Daniel's is a welcome addition to the Monmouth - Ocean dining scene.
Point Pleasant Beach NJ 08742
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