You know when you keep meaning to get to a place? I’ve been aware of Heirloom Kitchen for most of the time I’ve been living down the shore. I’m on their email list, I attended an Asbury Park restaurant photography tour that they planned last spring (led by Phila-based photographer Mike Persico, who did the Zahav cookbook), and I’ve just been meaning to check the place out. Last night I finally got there–and I’ll preface this by saying I have no personal connection nor stake in the place, but I’m excited to have found something like this within reach of my still-new home.
Located in what I’d dub a suburban “we’re not a strip mall because we tried to look more boutique than that” strip mall (there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts, people), I swear HK is an oasis when you open the door. Bright, (mostly) white, a stunning open kitchen/chef’s counter, a communal table that can comfortably seat 14, and plenty of smaller tables, I thought it was gorgeous.
Their newish Exec Chef is David Viana, whose resume is impressive. I’ve had his food at Barrio Costero here in AP and separate from visually stunning plates hitting the table, everything I tried was VERY good (oh, that octopus…). It appears David has fully left Barrio to pursue this chef’s table/weekend restaurant/cooking school concept, and I think Old Bridge just got VERY lucky.
They sell far less merchandise than I thought based on what I’ve seen on their social media post, but there’s a modest collection of cookbooks, glassware, tableware, and the like.
I was there for a focus group, so I didn’t have any of the HK menu items, but I will most certainly be back. They’re opening the restaurant tonight and it appears they still have seats available this weekend. Well worth checking out, imo!