Although I am still saddened by the loss of Via45, I found myself in that space enjoying my evening once again. The new restaurant at 45 Broad St in Red Bank, Elli’s Backyard, had its soft opening last night.
The menu leans towards Italian so I had the chicken parm. After all, any chef in this area worth his salt should be able to do a good parm. When it arrived, two massive white meat fried cutlets sat atop a mound of linguini. It was really good. Crispy juicy chicken with a nice tomato sauce and just enough sauce and cheese to accompany, not smother the chicken.
There is also an Asian bent to some other dishes, most notably the teriyaki with rice served in a hollowed out half pineapple. We saw a few go by and they looked beautiful. We opted for the miso glazed salmon over fried rice instead. The fish had a ton of flavor and the rice wasn’t at all greasy. We enjoyed it all very much.
We also shared a house-made flourless chocolate torte that was almost a light ganache and was just sweet enough. Very nice.
The owner said they are going to be changing up the menu every 90 days. He also said he is waiting for a huge wheel of imported cheese so he can do cacio y pepe tableside. I look forward to more meals here.