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Oct 18, 2007 02:43 PM

Rt 34 Matawan - Kicky's??

Just drove past on my way to WestLake today and saw this new place.

Any info on Hanky's?

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      1. I drove by it yesterday. It's called "Kicky's." According to some online help wanted sites, it's supposed to be a "trendy French-Flair American-Japanese fine dining restaurant."

        1. re: joslyn

          What a strange name for a restaurant. Ricky's would be better. Hell, Hanky's even. "Trendy French-Flair American-Japanese" raises a red flag for me. Eh, we'll see.

          1. re: DJMarilyn


            You are 100% correct ;o) Now that I think about it, it was indeed, Kicky's.

            Well, gl to them.

        2. It's where the Boston Market used to be.

          1. re: njeggy1

            So basically, it's across from Stop and Shop between the light at 34 and the McDonald's. I saw it too, and thought, wow finally something here. Need to stop in to report, at least from the menu.

            1. re: aacharya

              I went to Kicky's last night. They had two menus, one sushi and one "French-American" which seemed to me to be not so French. The sushi was on par with Mahzu (when Mahzu was at its peak). The filet mignon I had was as good as any other in the area. The big draw for me (and this may sound silly) was the decor. Wow was it nice in there! Cool banquets, sleek furniture, and a glass enclosed 10 person table,

              1. re: CSmooth

                I order take out from here all the time now. They revamped their menu to be exclusively Sushi and Thai, and it's paid off.

        3. Went there this evening. I'm going to be generous and say overall it was an okay experience. It certainly wasn't my worst experience dining out, but not my best either.

          As CSmooth previously mentioned, the decor is quite sleek and interesting - especially the banquets. The food is actually pretty good, too. The only area that needs improvement is service. While there seemed to be sufficient servers, it seemed some signals were crossed.

          Our server was courteous, I'll definitely give her that. There seemed to be some confusion with our water, though - you see we ordered a bottle of sparkling water. Almost immediately after she scurried away from our table - the water guy comes to fill our glasses with regular water. We didn't stop him thinking that once our server came back with the bottled water - we would simply say we needed other glasses for the sparkling water. She did, in fact, notice that, and said "I'll be right back with glasses for your bottled water."

          She came back but went right to serving the other table beside us. That's fine, I though. When she's done she'll go get the other glasses. Nope. She did come over to our table to take our order though. But didn't mention anything about the other glasses. OK, whatever. No biggie really. We chugged the regular water and replaced with the sparkling water.

          Our appetizers did not come together, though. That's a bit of a dining out pet peeve of mine. I think most courses - especially appetizers - should be served at the same time and definitely when it's only a party of 2. I don't think one person should start eating before another. Especially in a "nice" restaurant, but I digress. ;)

          Furthermore, it was served by one of the hostesses. So when our server came back, she apologized for not bringing extra glasses for the sparkling water and not serving the appetizers together -- but blamed other people for it. Service is a team effort, however blaming it on other people just made *her* look bad.

          Anyways, all that aside, like I said it was okay. Not great, but not horribly bad. I think for what we paid for it should have been a great experience, though. I know they are new and are probably still working out the kinks, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt this time. Additionally, we still tipped our server accordingly. But I'm not sure we'll be back any time soon.

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          1. re: DJMarilyn

            ...But what did you eat!!!!!!!!! lol

            1. re: Herm

              Oh crap, forgot to mention the food didn't I? oops lol

              For my appetizer, I went with a simple avocado roll. It was, well, a roll. It was fine! For my main course I opted for the Atlantic Salmon with ginger glazed Chinese noodles and vegetables. It was nicely done & presented; the salmon was just slightly overcooked for my liking. But overall, quite edible and tasty.

              He had the Grilled Shrimp & Calamari salad to start, which looked great. He said it was very tasty. I tried one of the calamari, and it hinted of something spicy. Perhaps they sprinkled it with something before grilling. In any case, it was a nice start.

              His second course, the Godzilla roll, came out nicely presented and he noted it was "very good, a little spicy, but I like it"

              His main course, the Sushi & Sashimi combo, was quite good as well, as he noted the fish seemed quite fresh.

              In summary, the food was good.

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            1. The name of this place is "Kicky's". We've edited the title to reflect that, but we don't edit text. Kicky's is the place!

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                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  I'd have edited the title and the text myself, but for the no-edits-after-a-few-minutes rule here ;o)

                  1. re: seal

                    Actually, you've got 2 hours to make an edit ;o)