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Poached Pear Bistro for dinner

basil4me | Mar 9, 2015 12:54 PM

After reading positive reviews about the Poached Pear Bistro in Pt Pleasant, I was eager to try it and my husband and I went for dinner there on Sat night. We arrived for a 6:30 reservation and I was surprised to see the both dining rooms almost full.

To start we ordered tap water and they served it with just a hint of ice. Thank you!! I can’t stand drinking ICE with water, especially when it’s cold outside. They served us each a delicious, crusty roll. For an appetizer we ordered the Cajun Calamari which was delicious. Crispy, light, well-seasoned calamari with a spicy, aioli type sauce served on the side.

My husband had the potato encrusted halibut, fresh, meaty white fish in a delicious sauce. He doesn’t like mushrooms and asked to substitute with the pomme frites, but was told that the substitution would have to be another vegetable, so the dish came out with hericot verts and asparagus.

I couldn’t decide between the duck or the Veal Vol au Vent and at our server’s suggestion, I went with the veal. It was tender and the cognac mushroom sauce divine. I would have liked a bit more puff pastry, but the dish was excellent. The portions were generous and presented beautifully.

We normally pass on dessert, but since I knew the Pastry chef to be a bit of a celebrity, I talked my husband into sharing something. We had the Grand Marnier Crepe Cake. Delicate crepes stacked with a Grand Marnier flavored cream. Every bite was a melt in your mouth delight, I’ve never had anything like it before. The espresso was very good and served hot which is great because I detest luke warm espresso.

We truly enjoyed our meal and hope to get back there again very soon before the summer season begins.

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