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Aug 4, 2008 01:07 PM

Under The Moon - Bordentown

I want to thank those Chowhounds for posting about this rather unique restaurant!

On Saturday, Fiance and I were celebrating our 5th year "anniversary" of being together (we're getting married this December). We wanted to dine out, but since we were at a picnic earlier in the day and were a bit tired (and not in the mood to "dress up"), we decided to try Under The Moon since it had such rave reviews and was nearby. I can attest that everything good that has been said about this eatery is true and then some!! If this place has been on your "want to try" list, I suggest you move it to the priority try list!

Not being able to decide on which of the appetizers we wanted, we decided on three: beet salad, baked cauliflower in three cheese sauce with cubes of ham, and, cheese and potato pierogis in a gorgonzola cream sauce. We could not decide which was the best, and even fiance, who hates strong cheeses like feta and gorgonzola, enjoyed it. I was particularly impressed at how light the sauces were! Probably the best prepared cauliflower dish I have had in a very long time.

We weren't expecting the salad of fresh, crisp greens in balsamic vinegar, prior to dinner, but we enjoyed it.

Fiance had the Seafood Risotto and I had the Spinach Ravioli Alfredo. The look on my fiance's face after one taste of the Risotto was priceless. He rarely gives compliments, but he exclaimed it was the best he's eaten and definitely prepared to order. Large chunks of calamari, scallops, salmon and crab intermingled with the well-seasoned risotto. A wonderful balance of flavors, according to him.

My spinach ravioli alfredo was another surprise. I was expecting a white cream sauce but was pleasantly surprised with the spinach pesto-like sauce. The ravoli was home-made (as everything was), cooked perfectly, and the sauce was amazingly light and full of flavor.

We only ate half of our dinners in order to savor dessert. Banana cream pie for fiance and dark chocolate mousse for me. Deliciously decadent on both fronts.

Service was excellent. We had a new server, backed up by a woman who I thought may have been the owner? (Blondish hair, nice tats and full of energy).

This was one of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time, and we shall certainly be returning very soon!

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    1. Gwendolen, nice review and glad you enjoyed UTM. It certainly is a qwirky and unique restaurant and I mean that in the best way :)
      All of our vists there have been very enjoyable and the menu changes daily which is great, especially with most cuisines of the world represented.
      Oh and congrats on the upcoming big day!

      7 Replies
      1. re: tom246

        Thanks for the good wishes! I can hardly believe it's only four months away. While this is not my first wedding (it is for fiance), we are still excited, nevertheless. Then again, fiance's version of planning a wedding is "you do it" *lol* (I wanted to elope!)

        We are anxious to return to UTM just to see what's on the menu!

        1. re: Gwendolen

          Glad to see another Chowhound with a great experience here. We've known Luigi and Estella long before this place was even thought of, and they are great people.

          The waitress with the tats you are referring to is Fawn, or "Fawny" as we like to call her. She's great. She also works at the new bike ship in town, Bicycle Pro.

          Next time you stop in, be sure to tell the gang that F.Scott & Zelda say hello! =) Maybe we'll try to shoot in one night this week ourselves, buut schedules are crazy right now with work, weddings, school, Reserves, etc.

          Anyway, as Tom said, glad you enjoyed the place, and congrats on your upcoming nuptual! -mJ

          1. re: njfoodies

            Thanks njfoodies!! I will pass along that info as we will probably return to UTM on Saturday with my nephew and his g.f.!

            1. re: Gwendolen

              I would like to give this place a try next week. Couldn't find a menu online, or a website. Does Under the Moon have a website that you know of? Wanted to check out the prices and variety as well.

              1. re: mschow

                Hi mschow, no website (at least I can't find one) and the prices have a big range.
                All the apps are very reasonable, $3.95-7.95 or so.
                The entrees range from around $13.00 for a homemade dish of something to the low to mid twenty's for sushi grade tuna or crabcakes.
                Of course its very hard to say for sure since the menu changes daily.
                Enjoy and let us know how you made out.

                1. re: tom246

                  Thanks, Tom. This is BYOB, correct?

                  1. re: mschow

                    Yes, BYOB and looking at my earlier reply, there are a couple of entree's over or around $20.00 but the majority are under $20.00.
                    Very good value and don't forget dessert if you have room, all are homemade.

      2. After a long day of my wife being at the Jewelry making convention in Valley Forge while I was hiking the National Park, we were ready for a nice dinner and UTM did not disappoint.
        Service is always first rate here and our server never missed a beat even though the place was full. She also has a great sense of humor. I need to get her name next time.
        Started with our empanadas which are stuffed with a beef and olive combination. A small fresh salad with balsamic vinagrette was tasty and is complimentary.

        From a longer than usual entree list we choose:
        Crab cakes accompanied by roasted red pepper aioli and fennel-mango chutney. These cakes were pure lump crab and were wonderful.
        I had "Mama's Pork" with was tenderloin stuffed with plums and bacon glazed with apricot sauce and served with sweet potato mash. Tasted as good as it sounds.

        We were full but could not pass on dessert. We shared a banana cream pie which consisted of a 5 inch high light fluffy mix of pureed bananas, whipped cream and marcapone with chocolate shavings on top. Totally decadent and a refreshing take on what is normally a layered pie.
        A very nice 2005 Arista Pinot Noir was enjoyed with dinner.
        We begged for a menu and some other entrees last night (changes nightly) were:
        Walnut crusted talapia, Sushi grade tuna, Homemade mushroom ravioli, chicken and chorizo risotto, stuffed double cut pork chop, grilled skirt steak and a few others.

        Estella (who is 'Mama") took time during a very busy evening to come over and ask how was everything. Told her it was dining in her home. What a sweet lady.
        From the look of things, UTM is building a loyal following.

        1. Braved the nasty weather last night and enjoyed a nice dinner at UTM. Shared a triple cheese polenta with red sauce, I had the chicken and chorizo risotto, wife had the chicken cutlets layered with roasted peppers, carmelized onions, ham and mozzerella cheese with red sauce.
          App. and both entrees were hearty, filling and large portions. Have dinner for tomorrow.
          Shared the freshly made lemon meringue pie, a great choice when available.
          Service great as always. Most fun about this place is trying to figure what will be on the menu as it changes every day.

          1. Took friends here last night and had a great meal. The place has really started to catch on but I managed to get a 6:00 reservation calling earlier in the week. Great to see in this economic climate.
            Mama was our server last night and she makes you feel like family.
            Our friends wanted to experiment with the menu so we over ordered a bit but who's complaining :))

            Apps were 2 empanada's, 2 bowls of delicious corn chowder chock full of potatoes, leeks, smoky bacon etc, and cailiflower tempura which were big florets with red sauce and mozzarella cheese. Just that app would have been enough for the 4 of us.

            Entrees were Autumn Pork, baked pork loin in a apple, bacon, plum and caramelized onion sauce served with a sweet potato mash, Just delicious.
            Thai Pork was grilled pork medallions served over French lentils with a corn and mango salsa and honey balsamic glaze. Nice mix of flavors with a summer like lightness.
            Winter Chicken was a chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese, artichokes and spinach accompanied by an orange cranberry spaghetti squash and finished with creamy artichoke sauce. Another winner.
            DW had the Eggplant Parm which she simply must order if its on the menu.
            We all have lunch or dinner for today as each entree is substantial.

            Friends insisted on dessert (yea right), they had the absolutely superb Lemon Meringue pie and we had the Flan which is unlike any flan you have ever had. Hard to even describe but is delicious. You will have to try.

            How good was dinner. On the way out, after talking to Mama and family for several minutes, our friends asked. "when can we come back here"