I had a business dinner/meeting and this was the location that was decided on. I have been here a few times in the past and sadly my impression hasn’t changed much. For those of you who don’t know, this is the same ownership of Brando’s in Asbury Park and now Fromagerie in Rumson. (they also own a pizza place in the strip mall behind this Marlboro location)
In all fairness my only experience at this location and Brando’s has been with their steak(s). While the steaks aren’t bad, they are billed as prime aged steaks, they are just over priced in my opinion. $95 for a 40 oz porterhouse for two, which I could easily finish myself is just too much in my opinion. You are exceeding NYC prices and giving a product which is inferior in my opinion. Strangely the steak last night didn’t even have a good char to it, it honestly seemed as if it was cooked under a medium heat, not seared at all.
Appetizers were the thick cut bacon and shrimp cocktail both were very good, their complimentary bread selections were very nice, as well as the sides that came with the bread. A home made ricotta, EVOO with garlic cloves and some thin fried zucchini slices were a very nice treat.
Now in their defense, this location has everything from pizza to prime aged steaks, so there are other items which might offer better value than I have experienced. It’s a very nice environment, the service is excellent and they have an outdoor seating area and bar. Downside to this is it is routinely over-run by cigar or cigarette smoke which I do not enjoy.
I will most likely go to the Fromagerie soon, however I will resist the steak temptation and try one of their other dishes and hopefully be happily surprised.