Tavro 13 tonight...any recs?
It's all of 10 minutes from my house but finally going to try Tavro 13 in Swedesboro tonight (I guess that counts as "Jersey burbs"? I never know whether to post South Jersey stuff here or on the NJ board...) Been surprised at the lack of reviews/feedback yet given the initial buzz. Anyone been and have any recs of must-try dishes?
I haven't been and can't speak from experience, but as you may know, Terence Feury is kind of famous for having a deft hand with seafood. Also, looking at the menu, it looks like his lamb belly dish from Fork is available at Tavro 13, I'd recommend that, though again I haven't been there, I've just had that dish (or something close to it) at Fork.
OK, just back from dinner. Overall a really excellent experience start to finish, really the only place I've been since moving to this part of South Jersey that had that Philadelphia restaurant "feeling". I can't wait to go back and try more of the menu.
I had the lamb belly as recommended - our server practically swooned as soon as I mentioned it so I knew I was ordering a good choice. Sweetie had the sardines which were delicious and light, and served with a gratis glass of aquavit. We both had fish for entrees: him the King Salmon, me the swordfish (my first choice was the sea bass but it was already sold out by 7:30 on a Saturday night.) I honestly can say the swordfish was the best I've ever had in a restaurant...I commented on how unbelievably tender it was and apparently it is prepared first sous vide before a final finishing grill...simply superb.
Two decadent desserts (when at most we normally only share one)...I had to have the flourless chocolate cake, he had the lemon-olive oil cake. Overall the only kinks I can see at this point is they were out of several items on the menu/from the bar (supposedly due to a couple big parties earlier that had bought them out) and slightly "green" but very friendly service.
And, apparently LaBan was just there last night so I assume a review from him should be soon in the works. Anyway, I'll have my own full write-up in my blog tomorrow...I have to sleep off this near food-coma first.
Just wanted to follow-up again...we were there again last night with a friend and it was another great meal. We were able to try a lot more of the menu and enjoyed it all - highlights were the black sea bass with walnut romesco sauce and, rosemary and pistachio panna cotta and most especially, the Berkshire Pork Roast which is a new item on the menu. The pork was both a) huge and b) addictively delicious. If you love good pork this is a dish to go out of your way to try (and I'm super-fussy with my pork since my family raises our own pastured pigs).
Had some lovely drinks from the bar as well - as a bourbon fan their Old Fashioned is top notch - and we had the chance to talk with one of the owners for quite a while after the meal as well. It was really nice going on a quiet weeknight to get to linger and chat, and the servers were all really great - very excited and knowledgeable about the food.
I definitely recommend checking out Tavro 13 and I hope they are able to succeed in the area. It's so nice to finally have a restaurant of this quality near home.