Restaurants & Bars 2

Moonstruck - Asbury Park

bgut1 | Apr 18, 2008 08:05 PM

It had been about a year since the DW and I had been to Moonstruck. We decided to give it another try this evening. It wasn't a bad meal but considering the price it wasn't anything to write home about either. As they don't take reservations, when we arrived, we were advised that the wait would be about 30 minutes and were asked to wait in the lounge. As they had a nice jazz trio playing this evening, we didn't complain. After about thirty minutes we were escorted to the third floor to a nice table to the right of the bar. We immediately had two issues with our table. First, the room was very warm. Obviously reading my mind, the Chef had come up and started to open the patio doors to let air in. Second, there was a couple next to us that had brought their child along for dinner. Not that I had any issue with kids (as I have three of my own), but this child was screaming and we could not take it. After expressing our displeasure to our server, we were moved to the second floor which was much more comfortable. At that point we ordered a nice bottle of Riesling (a J.J. Prum Kabinett for $36) along with the following items: for her - the filet mignon tips, the beet and goat cheese salad to share and the sesame encrusted tuna with soba noodles; for me - the Portugese clams with chorizo sausage and the rack of lamb. All the dishes but for my rack of lamb were very good. The problem I had with the rack was that it was over seasoned with herbs and the demiglace that accompanied it was too over powering. We decided to finish our meal with the New Orleans Delight dessert consisting of coffee ice cream atop meringue with a praline sauce and whipped cream, The dessert was quite good. The meal would not have been bad had not the bill been so high. The total cost exclusive of tip was $153 (and that didn't include the cocktail in the lounge). Another pet peeve - we where required to settle up the bar tab before moving to our table (further with a ten dollar tab I was asked if I wanted change when I presented a $20 - come on now). While not a bad meal, I doubt I will be rushing to return to Moonstruck anytime soon. Much better food can be had for less money.

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