La Cucina Nouveau - Marlboro NJ

(Junior) #1

Last night was my 2nd time dining here. The space is nice, this particular location use to be a Salad Works but apparently they closed and LCN moved in over a year ago.

Both nights we arrived and our table, with a reservation, was waiting. Brought to our table and quickly brought some warm bread and olives. The bread looks delicious, the olives are tasty. (I should note on both my visits I’ve been following an Atkins type diet, so no carbs, pasta, breads etc for me) So too bad for me on the bread, the server is prompt to great and read specials. On both visits the servers were efficient and friendly the service is good.

Each night there were a few specials it seems one meat, fish and pasta. My first visit I ordered a stuffed pork chop, it was very good, just on the smaller side. We had ordered apps so I wasn’t left hungry, but I might have been without. My visit last night I had a steak-chicken-sausage peppers and onions (suppose to be with potatoes I asked for without which they accommodated). This dish was far more ample and very good, even without the potatoes. Pasta, which is home made, seems to really be the highlight of this place. Each time the people who ordered pasta dishes seemed to be the most impressed, sadly I cannot offer any comment.

Last night the apps consisted of; Fried Calamari , Beet Salad (special), Octopus Grilled, Mussles, Eggplant Rolentini, Broccoli Rabe. The lowest grade went to the beet salad, the eggplant, calamari and Mussles were very good. This was my fist experience with octopus and it wasn’t bad, it was too grilled tasting, to charred tasting for my preference but for a first experience it wasn’t bad. (Now I have to try Porta so I can be one of the cool kids too!)

Entrees; 2 Lamb Chops (special), Halibut (special), Sirloin with hot Italian peppers and onions (special) Shrimp and Broccoli with ribbon noodles, my meal mentioned above. Everyone was happy, but again highest praise seems to be for the pasta dish and sides of pasta.

Overall a good experience especially for and area where you can’t travel 100 yards without driving past 2-3 Italian-Pizza places. Personally because of my diet, I’m not sure I would drive the 20 mins to keep going back, as I have similar closer to home, San Remo Red Bank, to name one. However if you are closer to that area or needing a place I would recommend it. It’s a BYOB however there is a Wine Acadamy in the same plaza.

Cost $125. Per couple for apps, entrees, coffee and dessert. Including a 20+% tip.