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Voila ~ Point Pleasant

Angelina Feb 9, 2011 12:13 PM

Has anyone been here or heard anything about it?

You know me, once I saw "French" in the description, I was all over it! ha ha!!


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    sweetjulia Feb 14, 2011 08:02 AM

    We celebrated our anniversary this weekend at this charming, byob, called Voila, (Latitude 40) featuring French American cuisine. The duck and rack of lamb was delectable. It was so romantic with Edith Pilaf singing "La Vie en Rose" as we finished our creme brulee and tart tatin. Merci Voila, for bringing a little bit of France to the Jersey Shore. Definetely worth trying this new hidden jem.

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      Jerash Feb 14, 2011 05:51 AM

      My husband and I have dined at Voila twice thus far, and we look forward to a return visit soon. The menu isn't overwhelming, but it suits our diverse tastes. The warm goat cheese salad is beautiful and delicious, and don't pass up the melt-in-your-mouth escargot (the puff pastry sits on top, so you can better control the calories). The braised beef short ribs were sweet and tender, the filet mignon juicy and prepared as requested, and the pan-seared Atlantic cod made a wonderful meal two times in a row. I had the house salad this time, and we both enjoyed the unique eggplant croutons- quite good. The Valentine's dinner came with a dessert plate for two, which we shared and could not finish. Creme brulee with lavender was probably our favorite, but the apple tarte tatin was delicious too. The moelleux au chocalat was so good; my husband doesn't even like chocolate, but he agreed it was worth tasting.
      We were very excited to learn of a French restaurant opening so close to home. The food is really, really good, presentation is lovely, and the owners are gracious, friendly people. We wish them the best.

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        tommy Feb 14, 2011 05:54 AM

        Goodness gracious this place sounds wonderful!

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        edibletable Feb 11, 2011 12:33 PM

        If you are going to be eating in Point Pleasant - you definitely need to swing by Joe Leone's for ANYTHING.

        Joe Leone's
        400 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

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          Tapas52 Feb 13, 2011 11:19 AM

          +1 for jJoe Leones

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          missybean Feb 9, 2011 02:39 PM

          I just googled it and the description suggests either the former Latitude 40 or Dennis Foy spaces. However, the street picture doesn't look like that little strip to me. Where was Point Bistro? Will have to a drive-by one of these days.

          Are either of you from PPB? I heard that the former chef from Atlantic Bar and Grill was opening a place in town but don't know any of the details. Anyone have any info?


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          1. re: missybean
            Barbarella Feb 10, 2011 05:16 AM

            Point Bistro was a few stores to the right of Latitude 40 I just verified that Voila is in fact in the same location as Latitude 40 was, 816 Arnold Ave.

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              NJDolfan Feb 10, 2011 06:34 PM

              Voila has left a bad taste in peoples mouths since he served his food in Red Bank.

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                Angelina Feb 11, 2011 04:48 AM

                He was in Red Bank. Where, I can't remember...Thanks!

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                  RGR Feb 11, 2011 06:56 AM

                  On Voila's website, the names of the owner and/or chef are not listed. There is only one French restaurant in Red Bank, Bienvenue, fka La Petite France. The owner of LPF, whose name I would recognize if I saw it, was not its chef. We ate at LPF twice and found the food disappointing.


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                    NJDolfan Feb 11, 2011 07:59 AM

                    It was LPF, and his name there was Sami.

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                      RGR Feb 11, 2011 09:44 AM

                      Actually, the LPF's owner was Sami's brother Walla, who is not a chef. Sami is, but he was not involved with LPF. They had been co-owners with their wives of Le Rendez-vous, in Kenilworth. Sami was in charge of the kitchen while Walla ran the foh. We went there many times, and the food was always excellent. The chef Walla hired to cook at LPF was, obviously, not nearly as skilled as Sami. Ergo, disappointing food.

                      NJDolfan, do you know if it's Walla or Sami who owns Voila? Or, perhaps, they've teamed up again? If Sami is the chef, I would not hesitate to go there.


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                        NJDolfan Feb 11, 2011 09:51 AM

                        RGR you are right. They were co-owners in RB. Voila is in the old latitude 40 space.
                        I would leave it alone and wait for 709 to open if you want to eat in downtown PP.

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                          RGR Feb 11, 2011 10:17 AM

                          I called Volia. Walla is the owner. He created the menu -- he described himself as the "executive chef" -- but is not doing the cookinig. Sami is not involved.


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                            bgut1 Feb 11, 2011 12:31 PM

                            I'm going to sit this one out and wait for a trusted hound to take one for the team. Sorry, but my one and only meal at Bienvenue has left me shell-shocked.

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                              RGR Feb 11, 2011 02:15 PM

                              b., Walla didn't own Bienvenue. I never tried it because the reports about it, including from you, said it was so bad. Yet, it remains in business.

                              Unlike Italian food, I am more willing to take a chance with French food, so I would take one for the team at Voila. I'm hoping he's hired a better chef here than he did at La Petite France. However, for various reasons, it will be a while before I can do it, so maybe someone else will get there before I do.


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                                bgut1 Feb 11, 2011 08:13 PM

                                R - Whether or not he was involved with that restaurant, the prior meal was so bad, I don't want to try another french bistro until and unless someone vouches for the food. Sorry.

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                                  RGR Feb 12, 2011 12:03 PM



          2. Barbarella Feb 9, 2011 12:31 PM

            ah ha, wonder if this is the spot Point Bistro was in or could be Latitude 40's space.

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