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Anyone Tried Rose Mediterranean in Caldwell, NJ?

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Dave Lazar Jan 6, 2012 01:38 PM

Would appreciate reviews from fellow hounds. Thanks!

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  1. Curlz RE: Dave Lazar Jan 7, 2012 08:41 AM

    As thoroughly mediocre as can be. Except for the tiramisu--but definitely not exciting. I went once, don't feel the need to go back unless I'm just dying to sit in their beautiful 'backyard' in the summer, but even then it would take a LOT of convincing. The wait staff was trying, but the food was just dull.

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      scarlet knight RE: Curlz Jan 7, 2012 02:25 PM

      We ate there in Sept. 2011. Don't recall what we had, but I thought it was above-average for food. We haven't been back, so obviously it wasn't great.

      The courtyard is nice in better weather. I think a better restaurant was there two generations ago. I am sure Curlz remembers the name. Maybe Curlz ate there more recently than we did, because I find her reviews to be spot on.

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        jethro RE: scarlet knight Jan 7, 2012 07:45 PM

        Dave, Angeloni's on Brookside Ave. in Caldwell is my new hot spot. You should give them a shot sometime. Never been to Rose, sorry.

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          Curlz RE: scarlet knight Jan 8, 2012 09:13 AM

          Yes, when it was Trattoria Fresco, I loved the place! :-)

          I was at Rose Med in December with a group and didn't foot the bill, so I have no idea what the menu prices are like, but I left there thinking that I hoped the hosts didn't spend a fortune. We had a choice of 2-3 dishes for each course, and with the exception of the tiramisu, nobody seemed all that thrilled with anything--and this wasn't a group of food pals.

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        bifpocaroba RE: Dave Lazar Jan 9, 2012 09:37 AM

        We went back in September and sat out in the court yard and had a nice time. I had a fish dish and it was very good. I believe my wife had the muscles and liked them. Overall it was good and I would go back in the spring and sit outside. I thought the prices were reasonable and recall the hostess was nice and waiter was very good.

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          harrison RE: Dave Lazar Jan 9, 2012 11:55 AM

          I agree with Curlz - nothing special here at all. So many better options a few miles east in Montclair

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            njfoodie611 RE: harrison Jan 12, 2012 03:29 PM

            I have tried a bunch of places in Montclair, the problem with those is that its often over-priced (like Culinariane), over-hyped (like Blu), or just bad (like Fascinos).

            Tired of the same old mediocre and over-priced food, I tried Roses with my sister a couple of weeks ago. I got the Seared Quail with Chantrelles and Chorizo and the Steak Diane; both meats had a perfect char, flavorsome sauces, and flavors that built. My sister got the Moroccan Style Shrimp which finally was a break from the normal NJ foods; there was a smoky/sweet taste to the shrimp and the sauce was hot without being overpowering.

            I'd suggest giving it one more shot, cant speak to your food, but mine was scrumptious

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              scarlet knight RE: njfoodie611 Jan 12, 2012 07:44 PM

              I would try it again...maybe sitting outside in spring.

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                harrison RE: njfoodie611 Jan 20, 2012 10:00 AM

                Good to know - maybe an off night.

                Points well taken on your Montclair callouts and i'd have to agree on all 3 (although i do love the burger at Blu's Next Door).

                Give Giotto a shot...and Brick Lane if you like Indian.

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