O Forno, Brick, NJ - Portuguese & Italian Cuisine
Although I use this site often to find some place nice, or different to eat that serves good food, this will be my first time posting anything, so please bear with me (or is it bare with me? See? My anxiety is starting already).
O Forno is located in the Brick Plaza, in front of the Ethan Allen Furniture gallery.
My wife and I stopped in around 4:00pm today. There wasn't many diners, but it WAS only 4:00pm. We were seated immediately and our waiter asked for our drink order. This is a BYOB and they only serve soft drinks. The menu is plit between Potruguese selections and Italian selections.
After taking our order we were served a basket of bread, butter, and a dish of black and green olives in, what tasted like, an onion/garlic vinegar. They were very good, though they weren't pitted. The bread also was good when dipped in the extra virgin olive oil that is stationed at every table. I would have preferred if the bread had been warm, however.
We ordered the Lunas Fritas (Fried Calamari) as an appetizer. These were very light, crisp, and very tender. Again, I would have liked a little more seasoning in the breading, but all in all they were very, very good. This came with a cup of tamato sauce that was also light, but tatsy.
I ordered the Mixed Churrasco Sampler which turned out to be a boneless chicken breast, a
boneless pork chop, a sirloin steak and a Portuguese chouriço (That's a sausage for those who don't know). This came with a fairly large side dish of saffron rice (with peas), and a cup of black beans. The beans were so-so, in a very watery broth(?). The rice was very tasty. All the meats were grilled to perfection (IMHO). All were tender enough that I could use the butter knife to cut all. The steak was medium/rare and was delicious. The chicken tasted like....chicken. The pork chop was moist and flavorful, but the chourico was the most flavorful of the dish. Very well prepared. the dish was served with suated oinions and grilled tomato. All in all, it was an extremely good meal.
My wife ordered a chicken breast and shrimp dish that was served with prosciutto, mozzarella, mushrooms, and roasted red peppers in a thick sauce. After a few bites my wife commented that if the chicken had been cut in pieces, she would have loved to use a spoon and eat it as a stew. Very tasty. This came with a side of grilled veggies and home made potato chips, where were crisp and not too salty.
The check came to $63.00. some may consider this high, but IMHO I thought it was a fair price for the quality and quantity of food they served.
So, in the end I feel this is a very good place to eat.
The wait staff was attentive and helpful.
The food was delicious, and the price, while high, was fair.
137 N Beverwyck Rd, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034