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Nov 4, 2009 01:45 PM

Bistro Ole - Asbury Park.

After hearing raves from many for years, albeit with a lul in the raves after the departure of chef Vivas, I finally had a chance to try Bistro Ole. (suprised that there were no threads dedicated to the place here on Chowhound)
Overall we liked the food, but felt it all needed a bit of seasoning. I had heard from friends that the food renged from fukk flavored to downright spicy, but I felt that it was all a bit flat, not that any of it was bad, nothing could be further from the truth, it was all quite good, just could have used a little more seasoning. We ordered the Plaintains with Guacamole, Fried Calamari with Spicy Piri piri, and the Spicy Meatball starters. All needed salt, and the spicy items weren't spicy. Entrees included the Paella Valencia, Shirt Syeak with Spicy Chimichurri, and a T-Bone Steak topped with Garlic Shrimp. The Spicy Chimichurri was indeed spicy, however the steak was a little overcooked (as was the T-Bone) The flavor of the entrees was definately a step up on the appetizers, with the hit of the night being the Paella. The service was very good, as the staff really goes out of the way to make you feel comfortable. I will definately go back, if for nothing else but the Paella, Maybe on a slower night as the restaurant was quite busy on this Friday Nigyt.

Bistro Ole
230 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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  1. "fukk flavored?" Doesn't sound like a glowing endorsement...

    2 Replies
      1. re: equal_Mark

        Ooooops! Sorry, I do however have a new eyeglass prescription. lol

      2. Bistro Ole is closed after 10 years in Asbury Park.

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        1. re: SusieQQ

          Sad...this was the original Asbury hot spot.

          1. re: SusieQQ

   there a reason? Had business been that bad? I'm very surprised by that.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              I think that are just a lot of new restaurants in Asbury Park and this brutal winter has taken its toll on business.

              And in my opinion, also Bistro Ole was never the same after the original two owners split up.

              1. re: SusieQQ

                I went over a year ago and was not impressed. 23 bucks for ropa vieja is ridiculous and it wasn't that great.
                The chef left a while ago and from what I hear that made all te difference just as Susie stated