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Oct 16, 2010 07:34 AM

Fish! - Asbury Park

Has anyone been to this restaurant? They had their "soft" opening on the 7th...It's located at the end of Mattison Ave, in a location that used to be a bank....The decor looks inviting, and the menu obviously consists of seafood.

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  1. We went to "FISH" in asbury park tonight !! It was just ok.......we will return to try again. We were greeted (not) by a lackluster, disenchanted hostess who seated us. The space is clean, crisp and new. We thought the lights were too bright for the dinner hour and should have been dimmed. No candles on the tables either, and there were like vinlyl tablecloths that would be just wiped off after you leave as opposed to fresh linen tablecloths. There seemed to be some sort of water or flood in the kitchen and we heard the sound of a broom sweeping water the whole time we were there. We ordered 2 drinks (11$$) EACH !! and waited about 15 minutes for them to get to the table , they were served to us without beverage knapkins. We had ordered 2 appetizers while we were waiting, a warm crab dip ( bland and blah ) and a lobster mac and cheese ( good ). We ordered a Halibut (28$$) which was a tiny portion and scallops (27$$) an ok portion cosisting of 3 very large scallops. The problem was that we were not even halway done with our apps when they dropped our entrees !! our bill for the 2 apps, 2 drinks, and 2 entrees was 107 $$$ PLUS TIP !!! rather high for asbury park and for the size of the portions.

    1. The menu is very limited and they did not have any surf and turf, no steamed lobster, and no pasta..........

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      1. re: FrankieT945

        We won't be going.....not for mediocre food at those prices. The only thing worth going for in Asbury these days is Taka.

        1. re: CatLadyJan

          I don't know about that. Taka just didn't do it for me. I had a sushi starter that was good, not great. . My main was an uninspired BBQ salmon that was slightly over-cooked, over-sauced with sort of a tempura sauce and not exactly spanking fresh. Not off, but not on, either. Talk about "mediocre food at those prices" . . .

          1. re: Deb Van D

            we have been there hundreds of always very very good. The homemade dumplings are delicious, the short ribs excellent and the japanese meatloaf was outstanding. I am not a big salmon fan, I like it but's it's not on the top of my list; and as far as sushi, I do agree with you it's okay but then again I don't really order sushi there because I like the other stuff. Desserts are homemade and really good. Sorry you did not enjoy, maybe give it another try.

            1. re: CatLadyJan

              My partner and I ventured to Fish recently, and came away generally unimpressed. I'm assuming the hurried to get the place open, as the decor is overall bland and uninviting...the space does have some potential though.

              The bar area is a bit awkward as there is a large column that sits on one end, that blocks the view of the bar as well as the TV's. The martini list is nothing special, and our martini's were overly shaken to the point that resulted in ice chunks floating in each glass. Skip the signature list and go for something basic.

              Food-wise we tried the calamari - these were just okay. The breading was tasty and they were served with an aoli. The salad of butter lettuce and ranch dressing was okay, except for the fact that the bacon that was served on top was the microwave variety....yuck. Lastly, the dumpling appetizer with asparagus was the only true winner of the evening. Overall, portions were decent.

              We will try again, and will probably wait several months before we do so. Overall, not impressed, at least not yet.

          2. re: CatLadyJan

            I would agree, TAKA is good. The thing I do not like there is the "space" . It's just one big room and gets very loud and noisy at times. Also, they seat the tables so close. When it's a "date" night and you have to practically sit touching the people at the next table, it's not a nice experience. When I am spending well over 100$$$ for dinner, I like a little space around me, I do not want to hear the entire conversation of the table sitting very close to me.

            1. re: CatLadyJan

              In general, I find the restaurants in Asbury Park to be very "HIT OR MISS". I do not think there is one that hits the mark every time. We have tried them ALL many times. Stella can be GREAT and another night, STELLA can be awful, you just never quite sure what you are going to get on any given night in Asbury Park. This goes for all the restaurants, not just Stella. As for "The Boards", I have been there, it was SO BAD, that I will not be giving it another chance. All the tables around us said the same thing..........

              1. re: FrankieT945

                I agree with you completely about the "HIT OR MISS" aspect of Asbury Park with one exception and that is TAKA. I've been there dozens of times since their opening and have NEVER had a bad experience. Taka is frequently on hand to insure that his place is meeting the needs of the patrons for food, service and cleanliness. Although a very spartan and open space this is not necessarily a bad thing.

                Even Moonstruck which I've been going to for 20+ years when they started in Ocean Grove can be hit or miss these days. The city of Asbury Park is finally cleaning its self up and the restaurants must now follow and get their act together.

                1. re: JerzeyShore

                  Oh yes, I agree, TAKA is wonderful for the food. But, like i said, to me the "SPACE" is not enjoyable at all. Too loud, no walls or decor to absorb the noise. the tables are too close together, to me, that is a "bad thing". I like some space when i am spending a lot of money on dinner. I like my conversation private, and i do not enjoy practically touching elbows with stangers while i am eating. there really needs to be more space and some decor, it almost feels like a cafeteria.......

            2. re: FrankieT945

              Just found out that the reason the lights are so BRIGHT at "FISH" is because they forget to put in Dimmer switches, so the whole place just has one setting "BRIGHT". I would not lounge at this bar for that reason alone. They really need to get this fixed, it's very BRIGHT in this place........

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              1. Where exactly is this place anyway? Can't even seem to find an address let alone a web site for fish.

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                1. re: JerzeyShore

                  Fish is located in the lobby of the old "Post building" at the end of Mattison. It was a bank years ago....

                  1. re: JerzeyShore

                    Fish is at 601 mattison ave. 732-455-8181.

                  2. We ate at Fish last night, and were very pleased. I had the black cod, and it was very tasty and perfectly cooked. The seared tuna appetizer had a wonderful ponzu sause. Everyone at our table (4 of us) enjoyed their dishes and the appetizers we shared.

                    Responding to points others have made:

                    The service was efficient, but not at all rushed -- exactly the way I like it. The lighting was appropriate -- I guess they got those dimmers! The waiter and the rest of the staff were attentive. People at my table commented that they liked the "vinyl tableclothes". The tables were not close together, like people have remarked about Taka (I also hate when tables are too close -- at Fish there was plenty of room for "privacy").

                    I will definitely return.