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The Frog and The Peach, New Brunswick

~Original post date: 2/23/09~
There is a reason The Frog and The Peach is called one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. They recently received 3 and 1/2 stars from New Jersey Monthly Magazine, being noted for both their food and their service in Zagat's as well.
From the moment we walked in I knew we were in for a treat. We sat at the quaint little bar, the wall lined with so many wines it was almost intimidating. The staff is pleasant, friendly and knowledgeable about their extensive wine list and extremely appealing menu.

We were seated in what is usually the outdoor dining area, but is now enclosed for the winter months. It was beautiful and quiet. Our waitress was superb, attentive but not hovering. We had a delicious black bean and artichoke puree soup, which both my dining companion and I enjoyed very much. My companion chose a lovely napa valley chardonnay to go with our meals. My meal was a butternut squash and goat cheese tortelloni, anyone who knows me, could predict I would choose this item off a menu, I love butternut squash and goat cheese, so it was a winning combination. The dish was topped with broth and parmesan cheese, I loved it, what made it unique was the chunks of mortadella ham,a little salty and added such flavor to the dish. My dining companion is equally predictable, he loves tuna and so the Seaweed crusted yellowfin tuna (rare of course) was calling his name. He loved it and said the peanut noodle cake was interesting, in a good way.

On to dessert! Of course, where there is creme brulee then my companion must have it! I tried a light, lovely almond cake that had a sweet Grapefruit Pomegranate Granité on the side. Overall, this dinner was an experience and extremely romantic. The setting of this restaurant really lends it to the idea of romance and the staff is very good at keeping the right distance to allow for that intimate feeling. In saying that this is an experience, that experience comes with a price tag. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but if you are in the position to treat yourself, this is the place to go. The food is amazing, the service is top notch, well worth the price.

Reservations are highly suggested. As with any restaurant in New Brunswick, there is no parking, you will need to park in a public lot or as we learned, they Hyatt around the corner is also a good place to park, it is just a short two block walk to The Frog and The Peach, as is the Wolfson garage, there is metered parking on the street, but that will be difficult to come by most evenings. The restaurant also offers valet parking for a fee.


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