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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Steakhouse 85- New Brunswick, NJ

So, my dining companion and I arrived in New Brunswick via Train and headed to Steakhouse 85 where we had a reservation. It is really an easy walk from the train station. We arrived and were immediately impressed with the steakhouse feel and charm of the place. The wood panelled walls (the good kind)  gave the place a feeling of history and sophistication. After checking our coats (classy) we were seated at a two seat booth. Our waitress came and introduced herself and offered us water. As we were looking over the menu, my companion decided it would be fun to have pre-dinner drinks, it took a little while to get the waitress back over, but he ordered a martini and I a sparkling grapefruit cocktail. As we continued to discuss the menu, I enjoyed my drink which was a sparkling white wine with grapefruit juice and a sugar cube in the bottom that fizzed as I drank it, it was so much fun! My dining companion was slowly sipping his "85" martini which featured Double Cross vodka and a truffle olive.
 Finally we were ready to order, we shared two appetizers, chipolte orange scallops and jumbo lump crab martini. The scallops were great, really unique and interesting flavors, the citrus was a welcome contrast to the slightly smoky chipolte. I know some say the crab martini is so 10 years ago, but I still love it. I think it's fun and Steakhouse 85 really puts a twist on it by covering the crab in lemon vodka. The crab was delicious and sweet and there was plenty of it (some places will skimp on the crab). The only complaint I have is that the lemon vodka was a bit strong at the bottom, so you couldn't really enjoy the greens that were at the bottom of the glass, if you got them on the fork with your crab it was way too strong. Perhaps just marinating the crab in the vodka would be good enough or maybe make a sauce with it instead of just pouring vodka on top? We still enjoyed it and the horseradish sauce was awesome.

On to the main event. Like any classic steakhouse the dinner menu is a la carte. My dining companion ordered the filet mignon and I the free range pork chop (do we need to review how much I love pork again?). We also ordered a side dish of sauteed spinach to share. Bot the filet and the pork had a beautiful crust on the outside, they were huge pieces of meat and looked so delicious. The plates were simple, with just a garnish of tomato and parsley. The spinach was a great side, it wasn't rich and didn't steal the spotlight from the steak or chop.
My dining companion was impressed with how perfect his steak was cooked, for such a think cut of meat, it was medium rare, just like he asked. We had also ordered a bottle of wine and were slowly enjoying our Cotes du Rhone with our dinner.

How do you finish off a meal like that? With peppermint ice of course! We decided to just take a peak at the dessert menu and when we saw that they had peppermint ice cream, we thought what a nice sweet treat to share at the end of our meal. It arrived in a traditional glass parfait style dish and was had two giant scoops of pink ice cream with red and green bits of peppermint candies in it! It was so much fun and really hit the spot, the coolness of the ice cream and the refreshing feel of the mint was perfect to soothe our stomachs after a big meal.

So, hop a train, head to New Brunswick, take a nice stroll to Steakhouse 85 and get ready to enjoy classic steakhouse atmosphere and food. The service can be a little slow, but if you are with someone you like, don't worry about it, just chat and drink and relax!

Steakhouse 85       
85 Church St.  New Brunswick, NJ      
(732) 247-8585

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