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Any Belgian or Country French Restaurants in Northern NJ or area?

rapterman Oct 7, 2007 12:04 PM

My wife is from Belgium and we've been looking for a good Belgian/Country French restaurant... Most of the French restaurants we've found have been great, but a little more "foo foo" than country.

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    aacharya RE: rapterman Oct 8, 2007 10:19 AM

    Chef's Table - Franklin, NJ

    Le Rendez-Vous - Kenilworth, NJ

    Madame Claude Cafe - Jersey City, NJ

    in new york:

    waterzooi belgian bistro - Garden City, NY

    cafe de bruxelles - greenwich st, new york

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      berna RE: aacharya Oct 9, 2007 05:34 AM

      There is a Chef's Table resto in Franklin Lakes. Is that the one you mean? I haven't been but would love some feedback.

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        meb903 RE: berna Oct 10, 2007 11:29 AM

        we had an excellent meal there - small and not froo froo at all. but the below madeleine's, while excellent food, is a bit froo froo.

    2. michele cindy RE: rapterman Oct 9, 2007 05:49 AM

      There's a place in Northvale NJ, called Madeleine's Petite Paris. I've never been there so I can't comment on the food. Here's a link to it, http://www.madeleinespetitparis.com
      I've read mostly good comments on it.

      1. tommy RE: rapterman Oct 9, 2007 08:49 AM

        Pourquoi Pas? in Westwood. The chef/owner changes the menu occasionally, focusing on different regions of France. BYOB.

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          Bosmer RE: tommy Oct 16, 2007 12:42 PM

          I second Pourquois Pas?

          Skip Madeleines it is tired and past its prime.

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            Striver RE: tommy Oct 19, 2007 05:55 AM

            Agree. Had an excellent dinner at Pourquoi Pas? including a very good cassoulet, and the atmosphere and food preparation are definitely not "foo foo". The BYO policy keeps the everning reasonable, too.

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            catullus13 RE: rapterman Oct 17, 2007 09:37 AM

            Take a look at Silver Spring Farm in Flanders, NJ:


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              sstolowitz RE: rapterman Jul 4, 2008 11:02 AM

              Resto, a French restaurant, just opened in Madison, NJ. There was no Tomato Consomme last night, but the Truffle-Shitake Mushroom Cream Soup was richly rewarding. The accompanying bread was warm, yeasty, with a good crust. Jersey Fluke tasted clean and freshly caught; the baby beet and beet greens risotto was a lightly sweet counterpoint to the flaky, salty fish. Just the sight of the presentation was enough to invite me to dive in! Fresh blackberry sorbet tasted fresh-off-the-blackberry-canes (although I would have preferred having the grainy bits of pips sieved out). Service was terrific. Menus change seasonally. BYOB.

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                jolivore RE: sstolowitz Jul 19, 2008 07:43 PM

                Resto in Madison, not a Belgian restaurant by any stretch, is still a work in progress, with many things (the service, desserts) amateurish. But I've never had better swordfish anywhere (I mean it!) and the shrimp was also well handled. The pork tenderloin was tender and moist, and the foie gras was a knockout.

              2. kimie RE: rapterman Jul 5, 2008 07:44 PM

                I don't really know if this qualifies, but I recently had two very good business lunches at Cafe Paris in Cranford (they have a second location in Metuchen). Both times I had galettes, and I also tried their sweet crepes for dessert. They have a sweet crepe that is filled with homemade chestnut creme. Wow! Cafe Paris is cafe food--but it's good, and it's definitely not "foo foo".

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                  bropaul RE: rapterman Jul 7, 2008 04:11 PM

                  While the menu isn't exclusively french, there are usually some bistro type dishes at Pierre's in Morristown. Check it out: www.pierresbistro.com

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