We had another excellent dinner at Laurel & Sage Saturday night. They are located in the spot where Top Chef contestant Ariane Duarte used to have her award winning restaurant called CulinAriane, and are a very worthy successor. Chef Shawn is the owner, & his lovely wife Jenny works the front of the house. The restaurant is named after their two adorable daughters.
They started us off with a refreshing Amuse Bouche of carrot ginger soup, and their amazing poblano pepper and swiss popovers with lavender honey butter.
We shared a very nice special appetizer of crispy pan seared quail medallions, with Russian potato salad, that contained beets (for the pink coloring), and apple (for crunchiness), and had a quail egg on top. There was also some very flavorful steamed spinach & greens. It was in a delicious whole grain mustard jus & brown butter.
For entrees, Mrs. P had the outstanding pan seared jumbo black sea bass fillet, over baby bok choy, & forbidden black rice, in a green curry coconut sauce. This was a new addition to the menu & is definitely a keeper!
I had a special of Venison flank steak, grilled medium rare, with grainy mustard jus, celery root, potatoes au gratin, watercress, in a foie gras demi glace.
This can be a very expensive restaurant (with some entrees as high as $48.00!), and can get quite noisy when it is packed (we dine at 5, so we don’t have that issue), but Chef Shawn is very talented and creative. He creates a lot of dishes that you normally don’t see at any other restaurant in NJ. His sauces are very light and not overpowering. This is definitely worth the trip up North. It is also located in a quiet neighborhood with plenty of street parking. It is away from the noisy main stretch of Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair.