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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dream Cuisine Cafe, Cherry Hill

My dining companion went to a really cool place right before Christmas called Dream Cuisine Cafe in Cherry Hill NJ, with all the chaos of the holiday season, I seem to have blanked on some of the things we ate. I wish I could remember the specifics, but I do remember that I enjoyed it. So, I'll try to tell you a little about it.

Dream Cuisine has unique atmosphere, it is a small place, so you may want to consider making a reservation. The tables and booths have nice pillows on the bench seats and lots of cool tapestry all around. The night we were there they had live music and that was really enjoyable.

I do remember that we had a great waiter, the kind of guy that takes the profession of waiter seriously. He made conversation with us, had a great attitude and really made our experience there fun.

I also recall that the food had interesting flavors. I had a grilled shrimp appetizer that was served over ratatouille. My only complaint is that for $14, they could have given me more shrimp, I think there were only 2 or 3 on the plate, but they were delicious, the shrimp were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The ratatouille was also very good, nice soft veggies in a tomato sauce, you can get that by itself as an appetizer too. We did make a smart decision which was to order our meals "Prix Fixe" for $45 to $50 per person which was a great price to 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts.

Oh, did I forget to mention that Dream Cuisine is BYOB? Well it is, which is always great. We brought a nice French Red Wine with us to go with their "Authentic Provencal Fare". So, my dining companion's appetizer is a little fuzzy, he thinks he had scallops, but neither of us remember how they were served or what flavors were involved, which is unfortunate, it does not appear on the menu online so I suppose it must have been a special. Anyway, for entrees, I chose the grilled lamb chops, they were free range which was an added bonus. They were delicious and cooked perfectly, they were served with a lovely tomato sauce and a black olive Nicoise, very rich flavors that were just terrific. My dining companion ordered the fish of the day which was a sea bass topped with fresh sweet jumbo lump crab meat. The fish was beautiful and the crab succulent and definitely fresh. He enjoyed it very much and it was a wonderful presentation.

Our waiter checked on us often, but was not intrusive, he always had a smile and we were glad to let him know we were enjoying ourselves. Since we went with the Prix Fixe, we had to get dessert, oh darn! Ha, Ha! I of course, opted for the chocolate souffle, because I rarely say no to chocolate. It was warm and delicious and super chocolaty. My dining companion went with the apple tart served a la mode and it was equally wonderful.

I wish I could remember more details and feel awful that I blanked on my companions appetizer choice, but don't let that stop you from heading to Dream Cuisine Cafe and making it a memorable experience.

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