reasonable dinner in Kenilworth?
I'm meeting a friend for dinner, she comes from Princeton and I from Ramsey so we like something right off the Garden State Parkway (hence Kenilworth but would be open to other suggestions). Looking for something reasonable and BYO, anything but Indian, or Asian.
We haven't been to Le Rendez-vous in a long time. Looking at the menu page on the website, something caught my eye. It states: "Chef Sami El Sawi presents...." To my knowledge, the current owner, Philippe Lièvre was Sami El Sawi's Chef de Cuisine and Sami sold the restaurant to Philippe. (We ate there many times when the El Sawis owned it and a couple of times after Philippe took over.) In 2006, I read in the "NY Times" that Sami had opened a new French bistro, Cafe Monet, in Millburn. So, I'm scratching my head trying to figure out why Le Rendez-vous's website indicates that
Sami is still the chef there. Weird...
Note: Originally, Sami owned Le Rendez-vous with his brother Walla. The two split and Walla opened La Petite France, in Red Bank, which he eventually sold.
Another option is A Toute Heure just off the GSP next door in Cranford. Country French cuisine, fresh ingredients and the menu changes often.
Tuesday is mussel pot night (tonight!!). They are wonderful and prepared several different ways. Details and menu below.