Heirloom Kitchen, Old Bridge [NJ]


#81

The HK duck takes FOREVER too. We learned this the hard way a couple times after dilly dallying over what to order and suddenly dinner is taking 3 hours since that duck is a 45 minute cook on the burner.


(Junior) #82

You know gracie funny you mention that, while yes my experience was 3+ hours I sat at the chef’s table and as you can see in my pics they cooked my duck then it sat, a while, under the heating light while they finished/prepared the other meals. Not sure the delay is due to the actual cooking time of the duck or the fact they like it to “rest” for a prolonged period before serving.


#83

Duck is one of my go-to items (along with lamb and octopus)–if I see it on a menu, chances are VERY good that I’ll order it. The HK duck did NOT disappoint…in fact, there was enough of it that I brought the last piece home and had it the next day! (Keep in mind that we ate almost the entire menu, so I was having lots of other things…) Chef Rob was explaining the type of duck that they use to my friends; I was at the edge of earshot but I think he said they’re from Crescent Duck Farms. Big and meaty and YUMMM.


#84

HO down???


(David) #85

Can we wait until wabbit season?


#86

AbHOlutely!!


#87

I will second everything @CurlzNJ about dinner at HK. The flavor profiles were familiar but different - and nothing tasted like expected it to. And I mean that in the very best way. My only quibble, and it is minor, is that nothing was very hot.

I really had no idea how long dinner took, but then I could have sat watching the kitchen crew boil water and been content. I just love watching kitchens in action. The service was very professional without being cold. The team was right on top of everything. The plating was divine (and the small, matte app plates were from Ikea).

I too am glad I got to try the original menu. My only regret is no one ordered the short rib (I did briefly think about ordering it as an extra). Chef Viana mentioned that he did not repeat menu items which is nice to hear and could keep me going again and again. I can’t wait to try the prix fixe menu.


(Roz Rappaport) #88

Came home a little while ago from doing the new 5-course tasting menu. Stay tuned for details and photos.


(Eli Paryzer) #89

There was a nice write up in the link below.


(Junior) #90

Great read! What I liked best was;

“I can definitely feel the eyes, and now the cameras come out a bit more, with some people taking candids, but it’s all fine,” says Viana, 38. “I will soak up every minute of the 13 I have left of fame.”

I like the mentality that he is only 2 minutes into his 15! Go get em’!!!


#91

I have to say that I completely agree with what was written…I loved the laid-back vibe of HK!


(Junior) #92

A bit too laid back would be my only “complaint”. Regardless how good the food is, 3+ hours is just too much for me.


#93

Our dinner took 2.5, so maybe they figured that out…?