Hotel Tides - Asbury Park
Went to an art show here last summer and after looking at the menu was intrigued. It is a rather limited selection but priced at the high end for this area. Looking through the various reviews online, the B&B portion seems mixed but the restaurant seems to earn almost destination status. I got to try it on Thursday; a cold January evening.
The staff was gathered around the cozy bar area and we were led into an empty dining room and seated with menus. The decor in the lobby and bar area which is modern, is a little at odds with the stamped tin ceiling and walls of the dining room, but not a big deal.
We started out with a few appetizers. An Arugula & Beet salad with goat cheese, chive and tomato vinaigrette Was good. The calamari fritté served with a tarragon aioli with fennel, zucchini and caper berries was very good. The capers were a nice touch and our server was able to bring some Sriracha out from the kitchen. :-) The eggplant meatballs served with marinara, topped with ricotta were a tasty lighter side dish.
As for entrees, we opted for casino crusted scallops with lemon tarragon aioli and sautéed arugula. Scallops were perfectly done. I got the Short Ribs, served with creamed elote & bacon frizzled leeks. The ribs were boneless and the base of elote reminded me of hominy. The portion was huge and fork tender. Ended up with enough to bring home for lunch a couple days later.
All in all it was an excellent meal. The food and service were both impeccable. The prices were rather high but the quality and care were evident in the cooking and presentation. One oddity was that we were the only table there for the whole meal. Our server mentioned that they are usually slow during the week, and that their location in a strictly residential area and the seriously subfreezing weather were a factor. Seems a shame as this likely could be a destination spot.