Dish ~ Red Bank
I figure there must be threads regarding this establishment somewhere on CH, but see what you can come up with by doing a search on "Dish" here... :-)
At any rate, we were recently going to a show at the Count Basie Theater, and figured it would not only be convenient, but I had also heard many good things about the place and can't explain why I had not tried it before. Originally we figured that there shouldn't be a problem getting a table on a Tuesday night, but on further reflection realized that it is a small space and it would not take many of the 1500 or so patrons of the Basie who had the same idea to fill the place, so we reserved a table for 6pm. Good move! When we got there prior to 6 it was already more than half full, and by 6:30 it was entirely full.
A basket of bread as well as a small bowl of assorted olives in olive oil was served when we were seated. We did not realize that Dish offers a Prix Fixe selection of 3 courses for $25 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. I might have gone for that but really had my heart set on the Short Rib dinner that was not included on the Prix Fixe menu. My friend, however, did go for the Prix Fixe.
We both started with the PEI Mussels, which were a generous helping Pancetta, White Wine (referred to on the online menu as "Wine White"), Tomato & Pernoda. They were meaty and tasty, and the broth encouraged us to go through 2 baskets of the bread!
For entrees, as mentioned above I went for the Stout Braised Short ribs which were served with Maple Sweet Potato Mash and sauteed veggies. My companion ordered the Sour Cherry and Bourbon Glazed Double Cut Pork Chop, also with the sweet potatoes and veggies.
OMG!!! The food was great, but the portions were stunning! The boneless short ribs, which were succulent and fork tender, were stacked like 6 inches high and were served on a serious helping of the mashed sweet potatoes and surrounded by the sauteed haricots verts, carrots and onion. My friends double cut pork chops were equally gargantuan. The fact that his order was part of the Prix Fixe menu had no bearing on the size of the serving. All the food was wonderful and I was hard pressed to actually finish it all.
In a way I was glad I had not gone Prix Fixe, as it also included dessert, and there was seriously no way I could have managed that! My friend ordered the bread pudding from at least half a dozen great sounding dessert selections. It too was huge, topped with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and confectioners sugar.
The service was cheerful, knowledgeable and attentive, and the final tab came to $66 before the tip. The seating was a little tight as it is a small space, and it did get a bit loud when it filled up, but was not too much of an issue, conversation was no problem. All in all I had to smack myself for not having gone to Dish until now. I can truly recommend the establishment, but I do caution you to make reservations as depending on the schedule for shows at the Count Basie, the place can fill up on what would normally be an off night.
Well as Mark's "companion" for this very enjoyable evening of Food & Entertainment there is not much more I can say that hasn't been said in his excellent review above. I will agree that anyone that wants to experience a really enjoyable Dinner should venture to 13 White Street Redbank NJ and give "DISH" a try you won't be sorry. The only thing I can add to this is a few phone pictures I took of some of our choices......."Dish" gets two Thumbs Up from me!!
So glad you both enjoyed your evening!
Dish is a great place to eat, and that prix fixe deal is a tremendous bargain.
If I am not eating at North of the Border, then Dish is next on my list.
I love Red Bank.
Dish is one of our favorites, we have been eating here at least every few weeks for some time now. Great food and service in a nice and simple space. A few things to consider:
- Reservations for 4 or more
- They open at 5:30 PM
- Can get noisy when crowded
- Don't pass up the homemade chocolate cake or coconut cake if available tonight
Mark, Happy you loved Dish. I dine there weekly and never, ever have been disappointed. The service is friendly and attentive without being over the top. The entrees are always FRESH, made with quality ingredients, and the desserts are to die for. I never pass up the coconut cake; the the waitress is nice enough to pack half of it for me to eat for breakfast the next day! No better buy in the Red Bank area and the Prix Fixe offerings are done extremely well with no skimping.
Went to Dish last night, truthfully based in =Mark's recommendation. Here are my thoughts: It was a Wednesday night at 7:30 and the place was half full. We were seated at a two top against the wall which as two tops go was basically a mini table. Olives and bread came out and they opened our wine. The olives were delicious and the bread, well we thought the bread might have been a bit dated as it tasted a bit "crusty".
We opted for the Prix Fixe, which has to be one of the best value menus around ($25), for the amount of food you recieve. My wife ordered the soup which was excellent and I ordered the mussels. First order came out lukewarm and I had to send them back. Once I recieved the hot order, I must say they were excellent! This said, my original order of mussels came out before my wife's soup, and the waitress said, "who gets the mussels"? How could both dishes not come out at the same time? We had to request water refills numerous times as the three people working there were very busy....checking out their cell phones in the front. Or, going out for a smoke break, as one of our waitresses obviously did as she dropped off our pork chops and reeked of cigarette smell. How hard would it be to take away an empty bread basket, or ask if we needed a refill?
The pork chops were huge and outstanding. Cooked perfectly to medium, they were delicious, Also, those maple mashed sweet potatos were amazing. Kudos on this entire dish to Dish!
We ordered the included dessert having creme brulee and an outstanding bread pudding. As I said at the beginning of this, an incredible value with excellent food for any price, but for $25 prix fixe, wonderful.
When they brought the desserts to the table, they also put down the check. Were they in a rush to get us out of there? Did we want coffee? The place still had four other tables sitting, so the staff wasn't leaving any time soon....so what's with putting down the check a) with dessert, and b) without us asking.
Our true only complaint obviously was the three front of house staffers. They really were unprofessional and seemed almost uninterested for the most part. And the young lady that reeked of smoke? Unexcusable. I really think that the owners/chef, should better train their front of house staff. It would make the entire experience complete. The food, really, really good. Looking foward to trying more of the menu.