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Spargos Grille in Manalapan

MishyPoo | Mar 19, 2009 07:13 PM

I must say....I am really in shock that there is not already a thread regarding this restaurant on Route 33 in Manalapan (in Andee Plaza).

I was there tonight for their Game Tasting Menu, and as soon as I got home I rushed to this board to see what was already said about Spargos Grille. Since I was not able to find a post Spargos, I was behooved to start one. The 4 course game tasting was $48 with an additional first course which was $12 as listed below....

The optional first course...Steak Tartare....succulent chopped up steak placed over peasant bread, with capers and red onions as an was delicious! I never had steak tartare before and this was a great standard to set my first taste of it on. This wasnt just ordinary steak, but quite flavorful...I suggested to the chef that he put this on his daily menu as everybody who had it was raving about it.

Appetizer...pan seared foie gras served over a venison sausage.....served with port pears and a balsamic reduction. I wanted to lick the plate! The foie gras was seared to just right, placed over a nice slice of this salty, well seasoned venison sausage, the port pears on the side added the right amount of sweetness needed to cut the fatty richness of this dish.

Then we had a salad with a grilled quail set over baby green, which also had roasted apple and bacon that was crisped up just right. The dressing on this salad was rich yet tangy....I never had quail before, even tho I had plenty of opportunity to do so...and I was did I never have quail before?? This quail was grilled to perfection, every morsel a delicious treat!

Disclaimer...Spargos Grille is a BYOB restaurant! lol...I had a nice bottle of rioja to accompany all this gamey goodness!

For the entree we had rack of wild boar with caramelized onions and tangy red cabbage, it was great! The boar had a subtle smattering of rosemary and it was tender and delicious...Ive had wild boar before at such places as D'artangan grill and never really liked it...yet this wild boar was delectable!

Chef Tim does a cooking class the first Tuesday of every month and it is always a fun time where we drink and have great food....Lobster night is next Friday! I urge you all to consider visiting this is a great value for the quality and the service is great! Do not pass this one up for a great meal out.


ps...plz pardon any spelling errors, I had most of the bottle of rioja by myself! lol

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