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Dish ~ Red Bank

equal_Mark | Dec 2, 201005:33 AM

I figure there must be threads regarding this establishment somewhere on CH, but see what you can come up with by doing a search on "Dish" here... :-)

At any rate, we were recently going to a show at the Count Basie Theater, and figured it would not only be convenient, but I had also heard many good things about the place and can't explain why I had not tried it before. Originally we figured that there shouldn't be a problem getting a table on a Tuesday night, but on further reflection realized that it is a small space and it would not take many of the 1500 or so patrons of the Basie who had the same idea to fill the place, so we reserved a table for 6pm. Good move! When we got there prior to 6 it was already more than half full, and by 6:30 it was entirely full.

A basket of bread as well as a small bowl of assorted olives in olive oil was served when we were seated. We did not realize that Dish offers a Prix Fixe selection of 3 courses for $25 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. I might have gone for that but really had my heart set on the Short Rib dinner that was not included on the Prix Fixe menu. My friend, however, did go for the Prix Fixe.

We both started with the PEI Mussels, which were a generous helping Pancetta, White Wine (referred to on the online menu as "Wine White"), Tomato & Pernoda. They were meaty and tasty, and the broth encouraged us to go through 2 baskets of the bread!

For entrees, as mentioned above I went for the Stout Braised Short ribs which were served with Maple Sweet Potato Mash and sauteed veggies. My companion ordered the Sour Cherry and Bourbon Glazed Double Cut Pork Chop, also with the sweet potatoes and veggies.

OMG!!! The food was great, but the portions were stunning! The boneless short ribs, which were succulent and fork tender, were stacked like 6 inches high and were served on a serious helping of the mashed sweet potatoes and surrounded by the sauteed haricots verts, carrots and onion. My friends double cut pork chops were equally gargantuan. The fact that his order was part of the Prix Fixe menu had no bearing on the size of the serving. All the food was wonderful and I was hard pressed to actually finish it all.

In a way I was glad I had not gone Prix Fixe, as it also included dessert, and there was seriously no way I could have managed that! My friend ordered the bread pudding from at least half a dozen great sounding dessert selections. It too was huge, topped with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and confectioners sugar.

The service was cheerful, knowledgeable and attentive, and the final tab came to $66 before the tip. The seating was a little tight as it is a small space, and it did get a bit loud when it filled up, but was not too much of an issue, conversation was no problem. All in all I had to smack myself for not having gone to Dish until now. I can truly recommend the establishment, but I do caution you to make reservations as depending on the schedule for shows at the Count Basie, the place can fill up on what would normally be an off night.

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