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Pascal & Sabine, Asbury Park

  • Curlz Jan 5, 2014 09:33 AM

I've only JUST read about this place and looked at their website. It's from the folks who brought us Porta, so you know I'm going to have to check it out! Anyone been there yet?

http://pascalandsabine.com

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  1. Interesting! Heard they are also opening 2 more Porta's up "north" maybe Jersey City and ???

    Hats off to the group

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    1. re: tommygphotos

      Newark for sure (The Monk Room, near the Pru Center)--and iirc, Jersey City may be next...? All *I* need is that octopus up in NNJ. :-)

      1. re: Curlz

        I'm just wondering if there has ever been a New Jersey restaurant that has expanded into multiple locations and still been good? It always seemed to me the equivalent of your wife deciding to stop taking birth control. Nothing's ever the same, even before she throws up several mornings in a row and has to confess.

        1. re: MGZ

          Ha!
          But I guess I'd rather give good restaurants a chance at expansion/other concepts than go to one bad one...

          1. re: MGZ

            Not exactly a restaurant, but Jersey Mike's subs have certainly been very successful in multiple locations.

            1. re: SusieQQ

              TGIF's has been very successful in multiple locations. So has Houlihan's, Pizzeria Uno, Papa John's, etc. I asked simply "what has stayed as good?" I'll go the the Seabreeze for a sub, since I don't live in Nebraska and have to settle for a corporate recreation. It ain't like Jersey Mike's is still making the sandwiches they did in Point in the Seventies

              As implied, nothing's ever the same after you start changing diapers before dawn and wonder through bleariness, "Those aren't my eyes, . . . and they're definitely not hers . . . ."

              1. re: MGZ

                My local Jersey Mike's has stayed very much as good as I've had through the years, although I've never been to the original ....in Point, I guess you said...

      2. My friend works there...he told me they have a 70$ fish dish. I guess Asbury's really come a long way.

        Edit: Just checked the menu and everything seems reasonably priced...no idea what the guy was talking about.

        1. Can anyone speak of The Monk Room, the new Porta outpost in Newark? I would like to go there tomorrow. If not, I will go to Mompou instead.

          1. Went for dinner tonight. We liked everything and will be going back.

            We shared a cheese plate and some foie to start then had mussels, steak au poive, and pork for mains. We had to use up an extra basket of baguettes to soak up all the great sauce from the mussels and the frites were excellent dipped in the pepper sauce.

            For dessert we shared a great chocolate mouse and hot chocolate.

            Very cute place with a really cool circular secondary bar.

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            1. re: seal

              We were there tonight too! I was beyond excited to have this place open - I've been saying for 2 years this is what the AP dining scene needs.
              Needless to say I had high expectations and they did not dissapoint.
              Food was fantastic. Had the chartucherie platter and some cheeses to start. Steak au poivre and the burger for mains. Side of fried baby artichokes were to die for. They fry their frites in duck fat. Both the burger and steak were cooked to perfection. Creme brûlée was outstanding. Great drinks menu as well. Service was friendly, efficient and informative. They did a beautiful job with the space and they have free valet parking which is a nice touch. I couldn't have been happier. We can't wait to go back for Brunch!

              1. re: seal

                Great early reports. Tried getting in last night, but fully booked. Ended up at Taka ... not terribly impressed. P&S high on my list of places to try.

                1. re: jsfein

                  Forgot to mention that they do not take reservations. But, they do have a call ahead list that is worth getting on if you are sure you want to eat there. We called Thursday afternoon to get on the list for Saturday night and were seated right away.

                  I would also consider eating at the bar. Looked comfy enough and there was a nice scene.

                  1. re: seal

                    Seal, we had reservations! They had a full list and could only fit us in for 6 pm and we called on Friday they were already almost completely booked for Saturday.

              2. I just looked at their menu and I must say that it was interesting, but lacking in much of what I would order...

                1. now, this looks interesting & coupled with Stacks review, is something I'm going to want to try. Thanks.

                  1. We went Feb 15th for dinner, they do not take reservations but have a list so if it's busy you only have to wait until a table is available and not until the line is gone. Similar to Porta.
                    I had the oxtail app which was very rich but excellent. Duck confit for a main and even my wife liked it and she hates duck, she had the Steak au poivre which was quite tasty. Creme brûlée for dessert for her and I have the poached pears which were on top of a goat cheese cream. I would go there just for this dessert it was that good.
                    The space is nice, I wasn't crazy about our table as it was tucked away behind a wall. There are two bars, so we will definitely be heading back for drinks and snacks at the bar

                    1. Food was good but there are lighting issues if you sit at the tables and have any visual problems. Room is kept very dark but each white table top is lit by a bright spotlight, making a glaring contrast.

                      1. Wife and I really enjoyed our first visit a few days ago. Unlike Porta (where I go with my kids all the time), P&S is more for "grown-ups." The interior is very attractive and I want to return with a larger party to enjoy the banquette seating which looked comfy. No problem with the lighting which was mentioned upthread. The menu is somewhat limited and eclectic, but interesting (at least to me). I could have made a meal out of apps, cheese, meats, but the wife's palate limited my ordering (again, want to return with a larger group). Nicely dressed salad for her to start and snails for me (delicious). For mains, shrimp and crab risotto for her and pork chop for me. Both very good. Shared a side of asparagus which had the most delicious lemon pieces scattered on the plate. Too full for dessert, but were comped glasses of champagne due to a long wait for our entrees (we were enjoying ourselves listening to the live music and didn't mind, but it was a nice touch). Seems like a winner to me.

                        1. I've been back several times over the past few months...quickly becoming a personal favorite. A late night dinner at the bar last night -- french onion soup (thank you bgut for the rec), the incredible burger with hand-cut fries, and a Chimay Red. Just perfect.

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                          1. re: jsfein

                            We walk over there pretty often. One of my favorites as well