Along with a group of my 3 girlfriends, I headed to Melograno's for a first time visit with 3 bottles in hand. Melograno earned 4 stars as an affordable BYO that has a menu to please the 'picky eater' without breaking the bank. I think with a few more visits Melograno could be a favorite place to gab with the girls, I would definately go back.
Reservations are taken on all days except Saturday, closed on Mondays. We were seated right on time from a friendly hostess who greeted me by name *bonus point!
Appetizers and entrees came out in a fair time without complaints, just happy bellies. I ate my pork chop with creamy polenta & pomegranate reduction and had left overs to spare but admit, I get full kind of fast. The service was decent, maybe a little stressed at one point. The restaurant and bathrooms appeared clean. All in all...two thumbs up.
Shout out to Michelle C for the suggestion.
If you want authentic basic byo Mexican then this is your spot. I'm not a big fan of spicy or beans so I played it safe and ordered a quesadilla. Man, I sure did enjoy it compared to the typical chain restaurants. If you're a plain girl like me, then you'll be okay here. It also works for someone who wants something with more zing. While you're at it, order a melon water because for $3.50 it was absolutely delicious and enough for two people.
The cons: cash only (use the atm across the street), slow service (although very friendly), small eating space and decor could use an upgrade.
My friend and I came in for dinner based on a random drive by. We expected the typical greasy burger joint but we were really happy with this new (byob) gem. They are low key (I was in yoga clothes) but could also be date night casual.
The server started off with what sounded like really great specials. I tasted their soup of the day and it was full of flavor. I had the salad with chick peas, avacado, spinach, chia seeds and tomato. It was so good! They have a menu full of entrees, sandwiches, sides (including Gouda Mac and cheese!), starters, ect...
Our server was very good, helpful and delightful to talk to. Overall our bill for the soup, sandwich and salad was $20. This place is definitely on my radar now.
Update: I came out the next night with my husband. He had a salad with chicken, tortilla chips, corn, tomato and onion for a high price of 12 dollars. I had the market veggie platter for $13 and it was arugula, a small serving of fingerlings and pineapple rice. I wasn't as happy with the portion. I guess the menu items can be hit or miss.
I absolutely love the flavors that Sapori put into their meals. There are some things I simply cannot stand to eat but when Sapori uses them, they make ingredients taste delish. Take for example beans, I effin' hate beans (unless in veggie burgers) but with their oil dip mixture, my guest and I zipped through a batch so quick you'd think we just discovered food for the first time.
Right when you walk in, Sapori's motto seems to scream at me: Excellent quality. The servers are top notch, the decor is elegant and again, the food is wonderful. The only draw back is that the food is on the heavy side so this is usually my winter spot but still, it is addictive.
How else can I say YUM about the coulibiac ($26, salmon filet in pastry with a dill sauce, served with seasonal vegetables) that I ordered?!? The salmon was moist and the dill sauce that accompanied was not overbearing at all...perfect. Even my left-overs heated up well later.
There wasn't a single thing about the Spring Mill Cafe that I didn't like. Three of my favorite girlfriends and I met up at the BYO with plenty of wine and a bottle of champagne to celebrate a birthday. We weren't sure what to expect but pleasantly surprised to find it was a delicious night!
The room caters to a smaller crowd of patrons and is perfect for a weeknight visit. Bookshelves and plain decor create a homelike appeal. It felt like dinner in a living room atmosphere but all the cooking and clean up is done behind scenes. If you want to get cozy with a loved one, make your reservation because this is an ideal place for you both.
For appetizers we all picked at a cheese plate with fruit. Also, one friend chose the paté tasting with shredded pork and duck, chicken liver paté, and country paté. My one girlfriend had never had a cheese plate before, which is absolutely crazy to me since I LOVE cheese plates so dang much. There were plenty of grapes, apples and the right amount of cheese for 3 of us sharing it. The waitress gladly brought us extra bread for our cheeses. As for my friend, well she's sold on ordering cheese plates from now on. My "french" friend insisted we all eat from her paté plate, not bad at all.
Service was by one waitress who worked the entire room. She was always on top of her game, allowed us to hang out and didn't rush us out the room after we paid our bill.
Overall, even if the bill was pricey it was well worth it and I'm looking forward to another dinner a Spring Mill Cafe.
I am a big fan of the food here but the seating was cramped so I had to shave off a star for that reason alone. Indiya certainly gives the competition a run for their money and is worth the price. The food was very much like their sister site in Voorhees. Our entrees were full of flavor and cooked really well.
It was a unanimous B+ on price for a gourmet-styled pizza pie, the overall taste and service. The partner in crime and I ordered the short rib (fontina cheese, caramelized onions and arugula) along with a 2nd half of prosciutto (grilled zucca, prusciutto, fontina and a fig balsamic glaze), $19.
The short rib didn't skimp at all on the meat and was cooked well. The crust was thin, crispy and had a crunch. I loved the caramelized onions and short rib together, giving it just the right taste.
Onto the 2nd half, the prosciutto- more toppings and a bit more flavor than the short rib, it was really delish. In this slice you get to taste more of the fontina cheese than in the short rib. Along with the fig and prosciutto meat it had a good salty and sweet bite.
The inside scenery was lacking the pizzazz and had that unfurnished look that is kind of trendy right now. Maybe it's simply a matter of preference, but it could use some things to look at. The parking is not so easy to find since it's right next to another crowded business. Returnable? I don't see why not but next time I'll come armed with a bottle of booze since it's a byob. They also offer pickup, which could be easier since the parking is schetchy.
"I am drunk on the spices," said my guest. Wow. IndeBlue was fantastic. Granted I have only tried Indian food a few times I was in 'yummy heaven'.
We had the (6) shrimp koliwada appetizer ($6.99) to start. I loved the shrimp and it was served with a sweet chili-mayo sauce that had a taste best described as a creamy orange aoli. Methi Murg ($17) with chicken, methi, onion and cashew along was a good portion, enough for me to bring home. The cashews were not solid, maybe pureed. My guest had the Non-Vegetarian Thali Sampler dish that came along with crispy naan to dip in with small samples of two entrees and three sauces. It is perfect for someone who has never had Indian or someone who likes the idea of variety. Of course we shared and both of us were equally impressed with each other's dishes.
For dessert we had 1 scoop of mango and 1 scoop of banana chocolate walnut with a drizzle of fudge. The ice cream was homemade and overall, slightly above average. Nonetheless a perfect way to end our meal.
The service was as equally impressive as our dishes. The restaurant was busy (after 6pm make a reservation) but we never felt neglected. Our server knew the dishes and was able to answer questions. We walked out with a menu for delivery.
Have you ever heard the term 'Whoever smelt it, dealt it' and cringed? This was not a bad smell though. I smelt Han Dynasty's food on my way to Saladworks. Wow! Smelled so good that I switched where I was going for them instead. No regrets AT ALL!
First off, the BEST servers I have had in a long time. They all knew the menu inside and out. Each dish is based on it's spiciness, so if you like it hot or like it mild you'll know exactly what you're in for. The setting inside is plain and casual, on the lesser side of romantic.
Our order was around $20 for two people: $7.95 for Dan Dan Noodle and a Garlic Sauce Style entree with chicken for $11.95. The Dan Dan Noodle was a great starter and since I'm a mild type of girl they put the chili sauce on the side for me. The Garlic Sauce was a stir fry style with ginger, garlic, wood ear mushroom, bell peppers and chicken. I wish there were more mushrooms because they were really tasty. The green bell peppers had a nice crunch and the chicken was tender. Two thumbs up!
Take out and reservations are available.
Part of me doesn't want you to know that Fusion Bay is good because I want to be selfish and keep them all to myself. Once I tell you that the veggies are fresh, that the deep fried food is worth the extra calories and that the $9 rice bowls are flavorsome, well, that's when you'll go visit and there will be a 20 minute wait next time I show up! That's always how some of my favorite spots become way too popular for their own good. That's why I'm going to briefly mention that scallion pancake $4.50 was a little too flaky. The sauce that went with it was the best part but there are better appetizer options, like the coconut shrimp. Four large shrimp for $5.50 are battered, fried and go along with a light creamy sauce. The shrimp didn't taste like coconut at all but nonetheless a yummy starter. Maybe you'll swing by Fusion Bay, maybe you won't but I know I'll be back again because there's a few other things I definately want to order on round number 2.
I wish I had a Lolita in my neighborhood. Couldn't I have that as a birthday wish? No wonder why people move from NJ to Philly. It's places like Lolita that they fall in love with.
On a Monday at Lolita with warm weather, I had a killer good time and will no doubt, do it again. 4 of us sat outside with our tequila drinks (BYOT) and didn't hesitate to practically kill the bottle. We started with the guacamole con totopos mixtos ($9 guacamole, jicama, mixed chips of malanda de coco, plantain and corn). The app was simple, standard...nothing to rave about.
Entree: I had the enchiladas verdes con camarones enchipotlades ($18, shiitake and lancaster jack cheese enchiladas, salsa verde, chipotle marinated gulf shrimp, cumin rice and refried beans)...YUM. It was one of the best mexican dishes I've had in a really long time. The cheesiness blended well with the shiitake mushrooms and shrimp. Since the chef or server (who was as equally fantastic) goofed on holding the refried beans I had an extra entree. One would say that's luck more than mistake! The guys I was with ordered short rib and were not entirely full so the 'mistake entree' didn't even make it home.
Looking back there were a few things new patrons should know:
-Short rib = small dish
-Reservations are suggested on the nights they allow them.
-Parties of 5 max will be okay, any more people and you're better off at EL Vez.
-Close to walk from/to subway
My date and I ordered a few rolls of sushi over a candlelit dinner setting and paid just over $50. We used the yelp free offer and had a roll of the avocado peanut. Our rolls, the sushi and service were all a great date night. Would I come back? Definitely.
Finally, after being bookmarked forEVER, I was ready to check out Palace of Asia. The restaurant is connected to a sketchy looking hotel and its even sketchier if you enter the back door. Once inside it transitions into fine dining though. There was a chandelier hanging above with fully plated tables.
I ordered a large rice and shrimp dish with onions and peppers in a red sauce, which was full of flavor. It was served mild in spice and had generous amounts of shrimp. It didn't 'wow' me but was just standard taste.
My date had a yogurt based sauce and was accompanied by chicken. His dish was a very large portion. Our naan was potato stuffed but was by far not something I would order again. Even the bread itself was floppy and the potato was mush mash....no flavor.
The service is where Palace missed the mark the most. Our waiter didn't seem to really care about our visit....he was a little pushy to get us in and out.
Overall, the meal wasn't bad and the staff clearly, were over working their shift.
It seems like there is an Italian restaurant on every corner, sometimes they are even side by side so it's no surprise that I've managed to skip Tre Famiglia after all the years that I've lived nearby.
Warm bread with oil and pesto were complimentary. I had the veal with mozzarella, prosciutto and spinach in a light demi glaze garlic sauce. The sides were risotto and veggies. I liked that the sauce wasn't heavy and it did go well with the creamy risotto. My dinner was okay, no real spark or anything to rave about but nothing to complain over. Ditto on the service. Bonus points for being a BYO.
Seating/Service= Overall it's simple and somewhat modern. There could be a few areas in the seating that could be tweaked, for instance the next table over is close enough to chair bump you. The service comes with a smile and the food was out in a flash. I did notice a lot of people coming in for pick up so while at times they seem dead, they still have people checking them out.
My meal = I've been to Thai Basil 3 times and hey, this is the place I went to the first time I had Thai so if you're like me, try the Thai Basil Treasure appetizer for a variety. It is $15 and is good for a newbie. The Treasure are little snacks (2 each) chicken satay, veggie spring roll, bangkok shu mai, and (my favorite) thai chicken curry puff. Along with the Treasure are 3 minimal dipping sauces that will serve for 2 people or as 1 small lady-like entree (lady-like, as in not enough for a grown man!). Thai Basil skimps on the dipping sauces for this appetizer and in 1 of my 3 visits found that the bangkik shu mai was overcooked. Regardless, the other bites were tasty and the chicken was perfect.
On my 3rd visit I upgraded my newbie status to the Massaman Curry: Masaman curry paste, potato, onion, carrot and cashews in creamy coconut milk. It is served with jasmine rice and has a choice of meat, I went with chicken. Believe it or not, I liked this better reheated 2 days later. That's not to say the dish was bad, it was actually pretty good...a simple 3 stars. It was a decent serving, worth the 11.95 since I did have leftovers but it the coconut milk that drowned the flavor. I definately will be back to Thai Basil but I'll try a different dish because I think they have more potential.
It's been 5 years since my last review of this well-known Italian byob and not much has changed. When I mention Collingswood to people, this is the place people seem to hear about the most.
It's still decent prices on decent Italian food. Certainly nowhere near amazing but if you're looking for a night out, it's not bad.
A few positives are that there is much less of a wait time. Occasionally there is a crowd outside but we came on a Friday and sat immediately. Also, the strange one bread basket per visit has changed, if they offer seconds on bread it actually shows up. There was a running joke that they will never give anyone extra bread but I was wrong! Thumbs up to feeding my carbs frenzy.I've been here a handful of times but this is the first time I took the time to give some feedback. … En savoir plus
Update~Dining-In at Finizios! Skip delivery!
I've learned that dining at Finizios is 5 star-worthy in price for when the funds are low AND since it's a BYO next to a liquor store you can't go wrong.
Finizios doesn't have what I would say is eloquent dining but it's in my neighborhood and it's great for when I want to go out for a slice of pizza with a bottle of wine. Mmmm...hits the spot. It's definately not a date spot or a girl's night out but more of a get out of the house for a cheap sit down dinner with my guy on a weeknight.Revisit: I ordered a tuna hoagie and it was much better than the local competition. For some reason… En savoir plusHung over, lazy and refusing to cook I threw open my "menu collection" folder. I scanned through… En savoir plus
One word: NO. Just say it when you're dining friends suggests coming here. Re-start the search. Game over. This is the best advice I can give you for this one.
The service was HORRIBLE. We waited 25 minutes for the salad that comes with our entree and it was lettuce with dressing and two small roma tomatoes. They ran out of soda. Seriously. The entree showed up 20 minutes after and I would have rather ordered delivery than the lobster ravioli in a cream sauce. What made it worse was the owner(?) who kept walking around showing off. Please go in the back room and figure out how to fix the quality of what is put on a plate, how to keep up with orders and how to make more room so people aren't forced to sit so close. The lady next to me practically had her coat in my lap all night.
I'm no expert when it comes to sushi and I don't even try to make an effort to hold chopsticks, but I do know I came in hungry and left with a smile on my face. It's as simple as that.
I ordered an entree called the 'Honey Walnut Shrimp' for $15.00 and it was a fair serving of deep fried jumbo shrimp in a sweet and creamy sauce with broccoli and whole walnuts on top. I chose miso soup (oh yeah!) and the white rice (fluffy and mmmmmm) with my entree. I left with lunch for the next day so the $15 wasn't an issue. I also had a special deal I found online...lucky score!
My date had 2 sushi rolls (Volcano roll) along with his own miso soup and salad. There weren't any complaints from my guy, in fact now that I think of it he didn't even spare a bite for me to try.
The prices were high but I think that's normal for a sushi place. The service was fine, no issues at all and we would go again. Don't forget your wine since this is a BYOB.
I popped in for a milkshake TO GO because I wasn't up for the typical crowded diner-style atmosphere of screaming children. Other than that, my chocolate chip mint milkshake made from Bassets ice cream was pretty tasty.Pop Shop is hit or miss. I have been here numerous times since I live nearby and the menu is large.… En savoir plus
A solid 5 star and well-deserved for Coriander Indian Bistro. The bistro restaurant is serving hungry folks everyday except Tuesdays (closed). Reservations are suggested but walk-ins seem to be the majority for patrons if you're the come and go type; take out is available.
My guest and I started with the popular street food, Ragda Patties ($7)--crispy potatoes with chickpeas in a chutney sauce that contains a boatload of flavor. Since Coriander is a BYOB, we brought a white wine to make the meal even better.
The Kasmiri Naan (fluffy bread) is stuffed with a hint of raisins and nuts and is a must if you want to have a little extra to dip into your sauces. The chicken tandoori is of moist chicken that is served in a garlicky sauce blended with yoghurt and ginger. I'd call this a safe dish if you're a first timer and it seems to be a common staple for Indian dining menus. For a variety dish--- look at the platters. The platters are served non-vegetarian or vegetarian and each have little variety mini-dishes along with a pile of rice with a salad and naan. I went with the non-vegetarian for 18.99. Don't let the price scare you: I came home with left overs for lunch the next day.
Together we shared our plates and it was wonderful. Both of us made trades the same way kids do when they switch out baseball cards and it's the way to go, "I'll trade you a chicken for your lentils?" "Okay, deal." With that said, this a great date night or place to bring a few friends since there is a movie theater in the same complex.
If there was a 3 and half stars I would rather give that rating but it was not 4 stars.
I have eaten inside at Tortilla Press three times and twice I had their quesdillas during a art/craft faire.
During the art and craft faire they were $5 and pretty much what you'd expect a quesdilla to taste like.
Inside, I had 3 visits:
FIRST VISIT: My friend and I had brought tequila since they indicated that they had mixers on their website but when we told the server about our bottle, she said that they aren't allowed to have customers bring in hard liquor. She still let us go ahead and drink it but the whole thing seemed off. The food was good from what I remember (it was over a year ago at the time). I remember there was a super hot guy who came by to ask how our food was but I haven't seen him since then.
SECOND/THIRD VISIT: My companion and I came in for a late brunch. While we waited they provided plenty of chips...they aren't too oily, seem fresh. Our first red salsa dip was kind of on the older side but still good. We inhaled our chips and the server didn't hesitate to bring another basket. I ordered a brie chicken quesadilla for my second and third visit. They serve the dish with a mango salsa that I like a lot....very fresh. I had two quesadillas left over so I was able to save and reheat them for lunch. The mango salsa tasted the same the next day---delish.
The servers were really on top of things, seemed down-to-earth and I liked how friendly they were. The price was average and I think it was reasonable. This would be a good spot for a girl's night out or a place to bring 4-5 friends. You could easily have a co-worker lunch or a casual lunch with a date. It has a nice atmosphere and is funky indoors.
I think Tortilla Press is pretty good but you really wouldn't want to go here often because it does get kind of old and typical. If I had a suggestion, it would be to create a few more clever dishes. Maybe one dish on the more healthy side of things and another that is versatile.
Loved coming here to chill out on leather seats and b/s while music videos played and smoke from a hookah. The server or uhm, hookah expert (?) suggested the 'blue mist' flavor and came around to clear the ash. The coals last a really long time and the flavor we had was good, no complaints.
This place is fantastic but missing some things. They offer iced drinks and snacks but no hot tea. Also even though the website says there is a food menu they didn't have any of the sandwiches or salads they advertise.
Either way this lounge is one of the nicest hookah spots I have been to and would definately go back. Their hours are open until 5 am, located near the boardwalk area and about a block from the bus stop.
MMmmmm...what is it that is so good about Indian cooking that makes me happy? It could be the spices, rice and naan that accompany a dish of chicken, seafood or lamb. So delicious BUT not at Monsoon. Wah.
Our table ordered:
Biryani with rice and raita ($14.95)
Chicken Madras with South Indian hot and spicy curry (14.95)
Keema Naan, stuffed with minced lamb ($2.95)
Chai pot is ($5.00) and serves 2 small cups
A courtesy fried naan basket is given along with two dips
Other menu items:
Assorted Naan basket is $9.95
Veggie and Non-veggie dishes are available
8 appetizers ($4 - $7)
Alcohol-free Mocktails (Monsoon is a BYO)
FOOD: My first bite was into a tamarind seed that was the size of a quarter. It was hard as a rock and definitely not cool to chew on. My second bite had a hard clove in it. Lucky? I think not....that's just bad cooking. The rice was overcooked and mushy. My dish, Biryani with rice and raita was SPICY. It didn't mention anything about being super spicy. My date's dish, the Chicken Madras was supposed to be hot and spicy but was NOT spicy so it made sense to swap. Overall = disappointing.
If I was going to recommend an Italian restaurant in the Haddonfield area that is a BYOB, offers simple menu and with excellent staff, Da Soli would be one on my list. The food itself didn't necessarily stand out but it was the service that was really great.
Since we forgot our bottle of wine, our server treated us to a glass AND two homemade liquor drinks after our meal. It was generous to say the least. We loved that part of our visit.
Our dinner was cooked well, no complaints at all but my standards of Italian cooking is a little above average since they seem to be a dime a dozen these days.
Geared up with 8 of my favorite friends and a bottle in hand each = a fantastic night at Casona. This BYOB offers seating for large parties, drink mixers to go great with tequila AND most importantly, satisfying appetizers/entrees for a decent price. With left-overs in hand I even was able to feed the boyfriend later. Zing!
October 2013: casona has sadly, closed.