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Westwood NJ Pourquoi Pas review

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heidemarie Dec 24, 2008 04:23 AM

I've read a couple good reviews on Chowhound about Pourquoi Pas in Westwood, so I finally had the chance to go and I decided I'd share my thoughts - some good some bad.

On our arrival (Westwood NJ, BTW, is gorgeous at night, it was snowing, holiday lights on the trees, just beautiful), we entered seeing that we were the youngest patrons by....30 years or so. This just felt strange. But so what? The decor also felt rather dated and old but again, so what? I came for the food. Their service was fine and friendly (aside from being seated by the door, even though we had a reservation), but we brought beer and white wine neither of which were offered ice to stay cold.

Aside from my main course, the food was severely under seasoned - I don't think any salt was used in cooking these dishes (talk about low-sodium eating, wow). My wild mushroom soup was "earthy" (my husband said gritty, but I'm in denial still), and his onion soup was traditional and bland....his monkfish wrapped in bacon was also bland HOWEVER my beef bourguignon was AMAZING! Truly to die for - a savory warm homey dish served in a little cast iron skillet. Excellent.

Dessert was embaressing so I won't even mention it.

Anyone else had a similar experience? I'm glad I went but it doesn't seem like the chef is interested in keeping this place up to date to attract new customers.....