Restaurants & Bars 6

Restaurant Lorenas Maplewood NJ

tom246 | Mar 23, 2008 02:09 PM

Went there last night with another couple. Another amazing meal, the attention to detail is tremendous and the host, Lorena is a sweetheart.

We had for appetizers:

Roasted Beets, Frisée, Mâche, Pistachio,
Roquefort Fondant, Orange Glaze
Sweet Pea Soup, Herb Croûton, Lump Crabmeat,
Saffron Rouille
Warm Duck Confit, Endive, Apple, Upland Cress, Roquefort,
Port Wine, Walnut Dressing
Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels, Coconut Milk,
Kaffir Lime, Thai Chili

All were fabulous, each with their own distinctive flavors. We shared everything. Had a couple of extra slices of bread to sop up the delicious broth from the mussels.

For dinner:

Gently Cooked Scottish Salmon, Melted Leeks,
Tomato Confit "Jam", Black Olive Powder
Australian Barramundi, Orange Glazed Beets,
Horseradish-Beet Emulsion
Skate Wing, Honey Glazed Carrots, Smoked Bacon,
Cauliflower Purée
Braised Beef Short Ribs, Brussel Sprouts, Confit Fingerling Potatoes,
Roquefort, Braising Jus

All excellent choices, can't describe how goof they were.

A special intermezzo of crab and pickled onion salad which was a special treat.

Desserts were

Warm Molten Chocolate Cake, Hazelnut Ice Cream
Strawberry tart garninshed with two different sauces
Homemade madelaines (sp) with homemade strawberry jam.
the desserts were all wonderful but the simplicity of the madelaines with jam were to die for. Could eat them all night.

Service was first class as always, chef Humberto Campos Jr. is a genius in the kitchen.

You really can't do better anywhere in NJ IMHO.


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