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Some Recent Restaurants, Kimchi Hana, Eno Terra, Elements Asia

tom246 Apr 5, 2012 09:49 AM

A few nights of dining out as we have our work colleagues in from our other Regions around the world. A contrast of restaurants for sure, no detailed notes but some thoughts on the various places.

Kimchi Hana in South Plainfield. A lot of hype by a couple of people in our group, my take overall was good, not great. The very good: Hae Mool Soon Doo Boo soup, Bibim Bab, Bool Go Gi and Yook Hwe (my favorite dish)The not so great: Hae Mool Pajun (very greasy), Wang Kal Bi. For sure I left a few dishes out, we were having a good time. Would like to go back and sample some more things to get a better feel for this place. Here is a copy of the menu.

Eno Terra in Kingston. Been fortunate to have dined here many times, all work related. Always very good, maybe just a touch below my favorites. Tuesday, 8 of us had a set menu in the upstairs private dining room and this time the food, all 7 courses was EXCELLENT. Assorted bruschetta, assorted flat breads, mixed green salad, two pastas (gnocchi was fabulous), meatballs, scallops, short ribs and chicken were all prepared perfectly. Dessert was a fudge tart with burnt caramel filling and a scoop of homemade ice cream. You will be hard pressed to find a more attractive restaurant anywhere. Our feast lasted 3 ½ hours and was worth every second. I don’t know why but from a set menu I was not expecting this good a meal.

Elements Asia in Lawrenceville. Was last there about 10 years ago. Food good to very good, fresh tasty preparations and the restaurants has certainly been updated from what I remember. It now has a modern feel and vibe. Everything was solid, spring rolls, poached fish Chinese style, Thai mango chicken, lamb double feature, Thai curry shrimp, a filet mignon dish I can’t remember and assorted Japanese rolls. An oriental restaurant that does everything well. Spice level on the curry was nice and spicy, others were mild. A special hot sauce was provided for those wanting more heat. Based on last nights dinner, will go back and try some more.