TEMPLE - Red Bank
Located on Broad Street this new Chinese gourmet restaurant is simply wonderful. Small, intimate, and upscale with well prepared dishes that are delicious this BYOB is certain to be a success. The owner of this new gem is former chef and son of the owners of the Peking Pavilion restaurant on Rt 33 in Manalapan.
My wife and I started out with two appetizers; steamed pork dumplings (smooth, fragrant and delicious!) and hot green pepper calamari, fried crispy, tender with thin sliced hot long green peppers and scallions. Entrees were velvet shrimp with fresh vegetables in a light sauce....and white meat, tender chicken on a sizzling plate with black bean sauce, light and spicy. The portion sizes were excellent, service was very good and we will definitely be going back.
My wife especially liked the crisp white tablecloths that added a nice touch to this new addition to Red Bank. The bottom line of $55 for our meal before tip was a nice value for this dining experience. Reservations are accepted.
Was looking forward to it, however was extremely disappointed. The service was far better than the food, the decor looked unfinished, the uni-sex bathroom, candle lit, but in a very bad spot. All in all about a step above (by not much) Crown Palace, minus the liquor license.
Limited menu with non-creative fare. The appetizers were better than the entrées and that is always a no no.
Not exactly the China Grille and many steps below Far East Taste.
The advertising and marketing of a "gourmet" Chinese restaurant is really a bit of a stretch.
Fortunately went down Front St. to Sugarush the new cupcake establishment for dessert which was spectacular and run by an incredibly friendly group of people.
That made me forget the massive let down of Temple.
Far East Taste
19 Main St, Eatontown, NJ 07724
8 N Main St, Marlboro, NJ 07746
Temple didn't wow me either.
Sugarush cupcakes were far from spectacular. The nickel and dime method of ordering add ons was a real turn off and I'm incredibly confused that a successful bake shop in Washington, DC of the same long standing television name hasn't inquired about this new shop in RB.