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Aug 24, 2008 07:09 AM

Thyme Square - Red Bank

Many Chowhounders have recommended this place over the past year and with good cause. The wife and I went there last night and had a delicious meal with she short ribs and me fresh caught fluke. With falafel salads for a starter and break pudding to end the meal we were very pleased. I can see why this place gets so much attention - it is well deserved.

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  1. Jerzey - Since you were just there, I wondering whether you can confirm if the menu has changed. This was a topic between me and the DW at Dish last night. Both these restaurants have been around for quite sometime without any menu revisions. One could argue that you don't mess with what works however on the other hand you get tired of the same old thing. All that being said, I continue to highly recommend both places.

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    1. re: bgut1

      bgut1, can't say for sure as this was our first visit to Thyme Square but my gut feeling is that they have been with this menu for awhile. This is just based on some of our waiters comments and also
      they have the Mediterranean brazino still on the menu and I do recall reading about it in a Chowhound post last year. In any event, I know that you have recommended it often to people and please continue to do so as you are right on the money.

      Interesting you mentioned Dish as well. We walked right past the place on the way over to Thyme Square and the wife and I agreed that we must try this place again soon. It's been over a year since our last visit which we enjoyed. Thanks and keep up the recommendations!

      1. re: JerzeyShore

        Thyme Square remains one of our "go to" places and we always enjoy it very much. Besides we like going to Red Bank and enjoy walking and shopping around the town.

        As for the menu, it's funny that the one time they did change it in the early spring, a lot of the regulars complained about missing their favorite dishes. It must be hard for a restaurant to balance the line between offering new and interesting dishes and remaining true to those who order the same thing all the time.

        1. re: seal

          It seems to me that changing a menu is essential. Simply stated, ingredients change so a menu should as well. If a restaurant is maintaining a menu, then it follows that the ingredients used are not necessarily in season.

          1. re: MGZ

            Agreed. We ate there for our birthdays in early August and everything was fantastic. The only gripe I have is that their tea offerings are lacking. They did not have any black tea. Chamomile, Green, Cinnamon, and Mint were the choices. Blech. I think I might start carrying tea with me since restaurants seem to not care about tea drinkers.

            1. re: njeggy1

              It also seems that restaurants, particularly those in temperate climates, would want seasonal changes in their menus to appeal to the seasonal changes in their patrons' palates. Personally, I can't stand the idea of eating mashed potatoes in the summer.

              1. re: MGZ

                MGZ - I agree. Even though its one of my favorite dishes, I feel the same way about seeing short ribs on the menu during the summer.

    2. We dined at Thyme Square for the first time, about 3 weeks ago. I have to say I was underwhelmed. My duck was tough and the skin was not crisp. Mr C's dish had brussels sprouts and they were barely cooked. We were treating a friend to dinner and she was happy with her food. Otherwise, I might have asked them to correct my duck dish. My impression was that Thyme Square is stronger on creativity than on technique. The desserts were quite good. We felt it was not worth the price and do not plan to return.