Six of us dined at Savaradio (53rd street in Ventnor
N.J) on Monday night.
What a great find!
If you are looking for an alternate to some of the
popular shore places such as Karen and Rei's, Mojo's
Tomatoes, and Steve and Cookies this is it.
Everyone loved every salad, appetizer and entre.
The desserts were fantastic as well.
The menu is deep and eclectic and offers "starters",
"ravioli, pasta, and gnoccchi", and Entres.
Some of the starters that we enjoyed were:
Frutti de mare salad in a large martini glass
Calamarri Fritto with a trio of dipping sauces
Crispy shrimp and crab spring rolls with sweet and sour
roasted beets, mixed greens, goat cheese and candied
One person had a pasta dish (appetizer) - Fresh Papardelle tossed
with olive oil, garlic, parmesan, shitake and oyster
mushrooms...this was sublime...smooth, silky, al dente
pasta with a light olive oil and delicious herbs.
The mushrooms were plentiful and juicy.
We shared tastes of our entres as if we were eating
family style in a Chinese restaurant. All portions were
generous in size.
The Veal scallopine breaded and pan fried, with
wilted arugula, sundried tomato pesto, tossed gemelli
with white wine, lemon, and garlic was outstanding!
Everyone savored the delicious flavors of this
dish and stated that "they would order this next time"
The person who ordered this dish thought that it needed
a little more tomato , and more of the $6 side
of spinach (all veggie sides are a la carte). Price= $23
A thick, generous, (10 oz) filet mignon was pan-seared to perfection.
It was perched atop a mound of mashed potatoes with
blue cheese butter. It was deliciously finished with
a tawny port wine sauce. Price = $29
Probably the most delicious entre was a Macadamia-dusted Mahi filet set on top coconut mango rice with
crystalized ginger butter...heaven on earth for
seafaring diners! Price= $24
My sesame crusted tuna was cooked with a sweet spicey
mustard, and served with Asian veggies, wasabi, soy,
and pickled ginger. Though it was perfectly prepared,( a little more than "seared" )I liked the Mahi with mango better. Price=$ 24
Crab cakes were good but not Stellar.
Other entres which looked enticing to me included:
Oven roasted duck, orange and raspberry sauce with
Herb crusted lamb chops brushed with Dijon mustard,
topped with a special bread crumb mix, griddle toasted
to temperature with mashed potatoes.
Pan roasted Grouper filet set a top summer succotash
of veggies with tomato basil butter
Asian pork tenderloin pan roasted, drizzled with an
orange ginger syrup, sided with Snow peas and carrot
saute and jasmine rice.
Desserts were excellent as well.
If you like fruit pies, you MUST order the Mango and
Blueberry crumb pie...WOW!
The banana cream pie was so creamy and almost mousse-like with the flakiest crust that I have ever had.
It was decoratively drizzled with chocolate syrup.
The creme brule was done perfectly, not "eggy" with
a perfectly crystalized sugar caramel on top.
Our wines paired pretty well with the entre selection:
Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc (California) light body, "grassy"
Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)- citrus
grapefruit with a medium body and a hint of oak.
Chardonnay- Can't remember the name..Estancia??
Cain Five 1994 (blend of Cab Sauv, petit verdot, malbec, and two other reds)
Total price per couple with tip was @ $110-120.
Driving time from Marlton N.J. was @ 50 minutes.
It's worth the gas money...someone in this kitchen
knows what SHE is doing!
Heads up! NO CREDIT CARDS...CASH ONLY!