Amuse in Westfield
CJ Reycraft's new place post Chez Catherine...has anybody been? Heading there this weekend, wondering what's good.
We went there recently. As soon as we walked in, we saw two friends who had just finished. When we asked how was everything, they just dolefully shook their heads. What a way to diminish enthusiasm. Anyway, the french onion soup was ok, as was the ravioli app (2 ravioli). The foie gras just was, well, not so great. It reminded me of a turd-like object sitting on top of a small piece of toast. For $24 it should have been grrreat and not given indigestion. The entrees (we played it safe) of chicken and steak/frites were fine, and dessert, a warm apple crumb, was so-so. Should mention that the space itself is decorated in somewhat of a sparse manner but overall a good impression, they probably should turn the music up just a bit to give a little more atmosphere, and the service was good.
So, while most everything was "ok" (despite the dire warnings from our friends on a couple of items) we probably won't be in a hurry to return.
JUST ANOTHER small portion, high price ripofff restaurant, like you should thank the owners for allowing you in !!
Just FYI-this is not in the Chez Catherine location. It is next to Teresas and Mojave Grille. It may still be a CJ establishment but so as people dont head to the hotel location.
Tried to go Saturday for lunch as we have exhausted every other place in Westfield and the snow clean up was horrendous so we left.
Still think Brick Oven is the only worth while BYO in Westfield. Unfortunately, Ferraro's is just ehhhh and Aqua Viva does not have lunch to the best of my knowledge.
We went there for brunch recently and found the food to be executed quite well. Great pastry basket to start off the meal. The apps really stole the show, The seafood crepe was excellent (and so rich), the roasted beet salad was perfect. Croque Madame was just good, but the Steak and eggs looked to be cooked perfectly. The Frites weren't as crispy as I normally prefer, but were fresh for sure. Service was excellent. We'll be back.
So, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Really was not excited by the menu but we ended up having lunch on a Saturday outside and the salad was great, the nueske bacon was great, and the croque madame was also great.
I do think the price point may be slightly high but it is Westfield. I hope it doesnt end up hurting this new spot.
Had dinner there for the first time last night and enjoyed it. I was somewhat disappointed with the amount of noise as we chose this restaurant over A Teute Heure for that reason. Our reservation were for 8:00 p.m. and we didn't have to wait thought the place was packed and people continues coming in over the 2 hours of our meal.
It was a rare occasion that my wife and I ordered the same meal (the scallops) but I had read so many good things about them that we both had to order them. They did not disappoint!
For apps, my wife had the yellow beet salad and I had the steak tartare which were both fabulous.
For dessert, my wife had the banana pudding and I had the apple crumble. Wife wife raved about hers, mine was okay but nothing special.
Not the cheapest restaurant around but next time we will be very happy sharing an app/salad and 2 entrees. Less for the cost than not wanting o be a glutton all the time.
Our waiter was very good thought he never mentioned the dessert special that had to be ordered when your meal was ordered (we heard someone else mention it at another table) but other than that he really was very cordial and efficient. As I said, we'll be back.