Holy Octopus! Nisi's of Englewood rocked my world...
Finally got to Nisi Estiatorio's in Englewood after having watched it on my to-do wish list for the last year. Probably one of the best meals I’ve had in NJ, much less Bergen County in the last 3 years.
We started with the octopus appetizer ($16)...I’m usually octo-adverse- my only experiences with them more reminiscent of chewing on a tire than eating fish.... oh, my- what a freaking delight...grilled and served with a onion/fennel compote, I've never tasted something so tender, smoky and fabulous all at the same time...I'm an octo-convert.
We had the assorted dips –tarmasalada, tziki, and eggplantsalata ($14) good stuff, though wasn’t wowed.
Next: 2 barbouni (red mullet) whole, dipped in flour then pan-fried… super crisp, perfectly cooked and fabulous…considered ordering another for dessert
Next: Bronzini- grilled perfectly & served with oil and lemon. Simple and delicious.
Side dish: Horta…I’m a fan of greens, though think these could have stewed a bit longer, as there was some stringiness left from undercooking the chard/kale combo.
Cinnamon flaky bottom with orange pastry cream, and something else…decent, but not particularly memorable (and would have skipped it for another go round with an 8 tentacled wonder).
2 glasses of Greek Pinot Noir
1 bottle of Greek white
2 glasses Muscat
$186 + tip
Service: Funny, warm, and attentive.
90 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631
Wow! I was searching for a restaurant for my husband and I to celebrate our 10th anniversary... sooooo on your recommendation I'm going to try Nisi. I've walked by it a few times on our way to Namaskaar and was impressed at how busy they were during the week.
We're going next week, I think we will have to order the octopus, and maybe the grilled sardines! Let's see how it compares to Axia, which we love!
Thanks for the review
that octopus is pretty fan-freakin-tastic - i *love* the compote. and when i had the branzino it was super-tender, moist & flaky.
the horta was somewhat tough when i had it as well, and a bit too greasy for my liking. they need to work on that.
next time try the grilled whole sardines, they're excellent.
that place does fish VERY well.