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BLU, Montclair, NJ

shopgirl Oct 3, 2009 05:43 PM

I'm reading mixed reviews on this BYO place. Has anyone here been lately?

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  1. Curlz RE: shopgirl Oct 4, 2009 05:12 AM

    I'd love to know where you're reading recent 'mixed' reviews...Blu is a wonderful restaurant (okay, so it's my favorite in NJ); the food is fantastic and creative, and it's probably the best bargain in the tri-state area. My opinion is make a reservation (you'll need one), grab one of your favorite bottles of wine, and GO!

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      taylor04 RE: Curlz Oct 6, 2009 06:20 AM

      Agree 100%. My favorite restaurant by far in this state. Next Door is fantastic as well (same Chef, "next door" to Blu.)

    2. Striver RE: shopgirl Oct 7, 2009 08:06 AM

      Blu is fine. Among Montclair BYOs, I personally prefer Fascino (Italian), Passione (French), and Culinariane, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with Blu - very reasonably priced, too.

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        Curlz RE: Striver Oct 7, 2009 06:44 PM

        Agree that Fascino is also worth the trip, but it's also a lot more expensive than Blu. And I have to respectfully disagree about Culinariane...went and really wasn't WOWed by the food or the service. Oh, wait--I did say WOW when we got the bill...

        I get WOWed at Blu every time--and for a LOT less $! Seriously--I think the chef/owner of Blu (also of Next Door) is putting out phenomenally creative and delicious food for ridiculously inexpensive prices. Best bet--go to Blu and do the tasting menu, which at last check was running around $50pp for 4-5 courses. Fantastic food AND it's a bargain!

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        juman23 RE: shopgirl Oct 8, 2009 01:35 PM

        Blu is in my top 5 of NJ restaurants. I remember the scallops and truffle risotto to be one of the best meals i've had all year. Awesome.

        1. Curlz RE: shopgirl Oct 9, 2009 05:31 PM

          If the salmon tartare with smoked ice cream (yes, you just read that correctly) is available, GET. IT.
          I'm not even a salmon fan and I love this dish! I've had it as part of the tasting menu.

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