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Feb 20, 2006 08:43 AM

Any info on Brandl in Belmar?

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Friends and I were thinking of a get together. One suggested Brandl, any thoughts/reviews would be great!

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  1. Only second hand, but have heard good things. It is one of those places keep meaning to try. PLease post a review if you go.

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    1. re: Patrick

      Definately worth a visit. We really enjoyed our meal there. Go on line and look at the menu. It changes seanonally. I think more restaurants should do this. Order an appetizer because the main dish is on the small side.

    2. bring lots of money $$$. entre was very good, but small. Crab cake was excellent, but you only get one for $15.

      Souflee was nothing special and they charged $24 ouch.

      My dinner for two with no drinks was $150.

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      1. re: Ken the Eater

        Brandl is a little bit of a sore subject for me. I used to adore the restaurant and dined there quite regularly (at least once a month) about a year back. Chris Brandl used to (and I'm sure continues to ) serve some of the best food in the county if not the state (his lazy lobster and risottos are to die for). However, about a year back I noticed that the portions got smaller and the prices inched ever so higher to the point that appetizers and entrees averaged $15 and $37 respectively. I felt a little insulted by the changes and have refused to return. For the same money I could enjoy a three course meal at Nicholas.

        1. re: Ken the Eater

          I made the comment recently on a thread that I think was deleted by the admins that the cost for dinner for two with no drinks at a growing number of Monmouth County restaurants is in the $150 ballpark (2 apps, 2 entrees, 1-2 desserts, plus tip). Brandl certainly falls in this category. Table in Little Silver was the subject of the earlier thread. I also believe Le Fandy falls in this group and I'm sure there are many others. I agree with bgut1 that at this price point choosing the $55 price fix at Nicholas is a better value.

        2. I went there a couple of years ago and just didn't find it to be worth the money. Try Moonstruck or Matisse instead.

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          1. re: Peaches13

            Being dragged to Brandl tonite for a birthday dinner. Notwithstanding my earlier comments, I am looking forward to trying Chis' food again. While obviously the pricing is giving me pause, I keep saying to myself that its not my dinner and hopefully the food will be worth it. I'll let you know if my earlier position has changed.

            1. re: bgut1

              Please report back. I've been sitting on a $25 gift card I was given by the restaurant on my last visit more than a year ago due to a dinner mishap. I've been reluctant to return (not because of the mishap), but because of the ratio of value to price.

              1. re: jsfein

                Well it looks like I'm closing the book on Brandl. While we had a great time (due to friends and an excessive amount of really good wine), the food was very disappointing. The quality of the food has really gone down since my last visit over a year ago. We ordered quite a bit of food for our party of four in celebration of my DW's birthday (she chose Brandl BTW). We started out with the following appetizers: tuna carpaccio (horrible - we sent it back as it didn't taste right - something I rarely do), crab/corn risotto (normally a kitchen standout, it was woefully under seasoned), timbale of beets and goat cheese (didn't try but my DW like it), foie gras (good but a very miniscule portion), various raw items (clams and oyster shooters - both were good and fresh). Next came the entrees: both the ladies had the lazy lobster and the men had the buffalo steak,. These items have been on the menu for quite some time so they were a good reference point for guaging the kitchen. While I didn't taste the lobster, my wife was not happy with it. She felt it too lacked seasoning and flavor. Not the dish she recalled enjoying on countless visits in the past. My buffalo was okay, the demi-glace was too overpowering. It hid the taste of the meat. The fries were horrible; greasy and limp. We would have ended the meal there and gone home to have some chocolate pie I had made, however we had already ordered the chocolate souffle earlier. The souffles were okay - a little overdone and dry especially on the edges. The cost for four without tip was about $320. A huge price for pretty bad food. Had it not been for the company and the wine, I would have been very disappointed. Please people, seriously rethink your decision to dine at this establishment. While this may have been an off night for the kitchen, the fact that Chris Brandl charges those prices for the food of this qualiity and size is unconscionable. Regrettably (considering the fine meals I have had there years prior), I will never dine at Brandl again. To quote the the great Roger Daltry, "I wont get fooled again." Good luck.

                1. re: bgut1

                  Hey, bgut1, I'm so sorry that the food was this disappointing, especially so since it was a special occasion for your wife.

                  A few weeks ago, when we were at Lorena's, another couple who are regulars there told us that they'd been to Brandl for the first time and didn't think the food measured up. We've never been to Brandl, but after reading the negative comments on this board, I'd already pretty much decided that we'd manage to exist quite nicely without ever eating there. Not that I needed any further convincing, but I think your report seals it.

                  Btw, I guess I'm showing my age once again since I was not familiar with that line from Roger Daltry. So, via Google, I boned up:

                  I'm guessing he based that line on what is actually a well-known Chinese proverb:

                  1. re: RGR

                    Wow RGR ... that's a pretty old song. :) Thanks for your thoughts. I keep telling my DW that we must try Lorena's.

                    1. re: bgut1

                      You haven't been to Lorena's yet? :-( :-( Since I think you normally dine out on Saturday evening, if you want to go then, keep in mind they're generally booked for that night about two months in advance! Only 34 seats, you know. We're pretty much through the current basic menu though Humberto is always tweaking and making seasonal changes. :-)

                      1. re: RGR

                        Since we have kids and therefore limited babysitter time, we rarely get up that way. For us we normally don't go outside of Monmouth county. Therefore, I have to save it for a special occasion and at the appropriate time I will definitely seek your advise regarding the best dishes on the menu.

                        1. re: bgut1

                          Understood. I just wanted to make sure you give yourself sufficient lead time. And, of course, I'll gladly help with suggestions. :-)

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            1. I forgot all about this post that I started quite a while ago, and guess what? I still haven't tried Brandl. The menu reads great on the website, sorry to hear all the poor reviews.

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              1. re: Herm

                Here's what I said about Brandl in another topic:

                Is Brandl really worth trying? I would only recommend people to stay away. The management there is incredibly rude. I have been a guest of others choosing to dine there three times, and every time I reminded myself never to choose to go back. In fact, I can't even remember what I ate there, only that the staff and management were snobs and that the prices were exorbitant by Belmar standards. I seem to recall two of the incidents having to do with accommodating children's dietary needs. Once, all we asked for was a dish of pasta with a little olive oil drizzled on top, and they charged us $20 for the pasta special.

                For an old-word storefront trattoria experience right in Belmar try Antonio's on Main St. around the corner from Bar A. You could drive by it a thousand times and not know it is there. It's a good BYOB red-sauce joint with fresh manicotti made to order."