Red Bank redux version 2.0 [NJ]

(Mr met) #650

you that’s the spot…it’s def not a location where you think “restaurant” but this team has enough rep that Think they will pull it off.
Read similar things about the previous iteration; lousy often combative service, unreal wait times/pacing, and poor $$ to quality/value. Had it on bottom of a list of places to try but never made it, so not surprised it’s gone. In that location you need to really shine to keep going I think. Hopefully this time around the new team puts a gem there; they could use something good in that vicinity.

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(David) #651

I heard that Siam Garden, the longtime Thai spot in the Galleria is leaving. Nothing on their website yet:

http://siamgardenrestaurant.com/

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(Mr met) #652

saw at one point they had tried to get town council to OK pot store there but got rejected. However, literally let cat out of the bag on siam Garden closing

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(Mr met) #653

did you ever make it there CJ? Gotta hit this place up soon…very excited.

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(Junior) #654

I was waiting to hear myself, I wanted to go muse but got sidetracked.

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#655

So a few of us HOs went to the Greek spot last night. There was talk of Yumi moving to RB. Does anyone have any further info? I’m guessing pricing will not be coming down at all.

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(hcentro) #656
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#657

I guess that Mexican concept didn’t work out for that Catch space. I’ve never been impressed with sushi in Red Bank. How is Yumi in Sea Bright? We have never tried it.

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(hcentro) #658

Have you tried Sono Sushi in Middletown on 35? It’s the only place in the area I really care for Sushi wise. We tried Yumi once and weren’t impressed, but they seem more known for speciality rolls and I am more of a traditionalist. We feel Sono sushi and sashimi better.

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#659

Yes! Sono is our regular spot for sushi. And as a bonus they adore my toddler. I’m always impressed that they seem to know every customer by name.

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#660

Agree with others that Sono in Middletown is one of the best in our area. We’ve eaten at Yumi several times and while the food is good, it’s expensive. I think they make the sushi, rolls, and sashimi smaller than most places and therefore you order more. Each time we’ve eaten at Yumi, we came home smelling like grease. Didn’t smell grease in the restaurant though.

We like Sogo Sushi in Red Bank. It’s all brown rice by default, which I need for health reasons. It’s also more conveniently located for us. Eddie from Sallee Tee’s is the sushi chef there. He makes a really good calamari salad.

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#661

So I hit Tino’s, formerly Linos, last night.

They did some updating and the place looks much better inside! This isn’t fine dining but they did really spruce up the place. This is about as close to visiting Mexico as you will get for 20 bucks

We got the parrilla Mexicana (mixed grill for 2)

Not pictured are the free chips, the gaucamole, and the green and red salsa. I just snapped two quick pics. For 21 dollars you can feed 3 people…not a bad dish. It comes with beans, rice and tortillas. If you want to sample some authentic Mexican food and try a few different things on a budget, this is a cool dish. The chicken was flavorful but dry. The grilled jalapeños were outstanding mixed in with the grilled onion. The shrimp could have been bigger but again, this is a huge 20 dollar plate of food with sides.

Ps, for those that don’t know, the have an open fire pit that they cook the chicken and ribs over. They use hickory wood.

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(David) #662

The redone Melting Pot has what looks like a good deal for happy hour. For $20 pp you get a salad, cheese fondue, and a few skewers of grilled meat/seafood.

Well, you get what you pay for. The salads were not that great, the skewers were completely unseasoned and the lone sauce that came with it was lousy. The only decent thing was the cheese fondue.

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(Junior) #663

That pretty much sums up every trip I’ve ever taken there. Well besides the $20 pp.

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#664

I took my ex there once many years ago. I haven’t been back since. At least at twenty it wasn’t a huge hit. I went all in a spent waaay too much.

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#665

I have never heard of anyone who has had a positive experience here. I really wonder how they are still in business.

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(Greg Caggiano) #666

Never been. My parents were going to take me for a birthday when I was in my late teens. However, right around that time, my dad’s friend went there with his family and said they had to stop for McDonald’s on the way home. That changed his mind and we ended up somewhere else.

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(Junior) #667

You should buy your dads friend a thank you card.

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#668

I recall large groups of women when I was there on my only visit many years ago. It seemed to be couples and larger tables of women. I think they might enjoy this style of dining more than guys and it could serve as a place for women to chat and dine in a unique way.

The profit margin has to be higher as I don’t think they are employing a huge cooking staff. Compound that with smaller portions of protein and you have a “recipe” for some high margins on a meal.

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(Mr met) #669

Someone recommended there as a place to go for a drink one night. Was single most depressing night out since
I moved here. Only people at the tiny bar and the whole place smelled of cheese and soap. Off putting
They did close down and then reopened under
New management as the test case for the whole company as the new operating model. I see it seems little has changed

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