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333 BELROSE – NOT A BYOB

Posted in 333 Belrose with tags , , , , on November 26, 2011 by ballymote

  333 Belrose is a restaurant that I would pass by daily on my way to work in King of Prussia. It was a place I always wanted to try because it is in the area (Radnor, PA) where my wine buddies and I would have frequent wine dinners, we always went somewhere else  because it wasn’t a BYOB.

I recently learned that my nephew, Ryan, worked at the restaurant. In addition, researching the menu online, it appeared to offer some interesting entrees and on top of all this, the review from diners were invariably very good. So, when I suggested the site as a possibility for some of our friends, there was no dissent.

We made reservations for a Friday evening for a party of eight (8). Parking near the restaurant on weekend nights can be a bit of a hassle but we found something nearby and arrived right on time. We had a nice table in the corner of the bustling eatery and while the others conversed, I reviewed the not very extensive wine list, which consisted of about 12 reds and 12 whites, a few by the glass with most bottles being priced between 2 and a half and three times retail.

 

We settled on a couple of bottles of Chappellet, Mountain Cuvee, a $25.00 red blend listed at $63.00 on the wine list (THIS is why we love BYOB’s). Made up of mostly cabernet and merlot, this one had vibrant fruit flavors with hints of spice and cinnamon and went well with both the meat and fish dishes on the menu.

 

 

I should point out that we arrived at 333 Belrose just as a party of forty (40) were entering to celebrate a birthday. In addition, another party of thirty-six (36) were seated adjacent to us in another room. Although this could have thrown a wrench into service for the evening, I would offer serious kudos to the kitchen and service staff for handling things well.

Several of us began our meal with the Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad, applewood smoked bacon with blue cheese dressing. As I have mentioned many times, any variation of the Wedge Salad is tops in my book and this one with its fresh produce was no exception and a great way to start the meal. Those who chose to forego the BLT Salad selected the Belrose Butter Lettuce Salad which consisted of crumbled blue cheese , candied walnuts and shaved Granny Smith apples.

 

With lots of interesting items on the menu and a couple of nice “specials” it was difficult to settle on an entree choice. After a lengthy deliberation I decided to go with the Wood Grilled Jail Island Salmon served with Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, Garlicky Broccolini and Sauce Bernaise. The salmon was nicely charred, full of flavor and went perfectly with the absolutely delicious sour cream mashed potatoes. The broccolini was fine although not my favorite choice of a veggie.

 

 

Several in our group chose the House Cut 14 oz. Strip Steak with crispy salt & pepper steak fries, grilled asparagus and 333 steak sauce with truffled aoili dressing.

My wife had the Char-grilled Filet Mignon with blue cheese mashed potatoes, honey-glazed carrots and a cracked-pepper brandy demi-glaze. She thoroughly enjoyed her steak and even shared a portion of her meal with me. I thought the steak was great but felt there was too much blue cheese flavor in the mashed potatoes, As usual, she thought I was nuts!

 

 My nephew surprised us with a complimentary dessert tray he had created featuring the New Orleans Style Bread Pudding with Warm Whisky Cream Sauce, a New York Style Citrus Cheesecake and a Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Chantillty Cream.

It was just the right ending to a wonderful meal.

 

If 333 Belrose were a BYOB we would be making frequent trips to Radnor to sample more of their enticing menu. For those of you who are not as finicky about being able to bring your own wine to a restaurant, 333 Belrose should be one of your choices for fine dining on the Main Line.

FLEMINGS STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR (NOT A BYOB)

Posted in Fleming's Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Philly BYOB Reviews, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2010 by ballymote

On Thursday evening, my brother Tom and his wife, Jill, hosted a “Sibling Dinner” at Fleming’s in Radnor. Tom, John and myself, along with my sisters Cathy and Mary Ann, were joined by our spouses, Jill, Kathy and Joanne, along with special guests, Matthew and Jenna Mitchell, who are two of Tom’s closest friends. It was a great evening of laughs and conversation as the Mitchell’s got to hear a few of our family secrets and he and his lovely wife entertained us with tales of growing up in the South. Matthew just completed a very successful year as coach of the University of Kentucky’s women’s basketball team which finished 28-8 and earned an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women’s Tourney. Matthew was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. Matthew maintains his humility in light of his accomplishments and his wife Jenna makes sure that he stays that way!

Flemings has a nice wine list with over 100 wines by the glass. We chose the 2006 Patz and Hall, Russian River Valley, Dutton Ranch, Chardonnay, the 2006 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2007 Adelsheim Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Williamette Valley. The Ghost Block was very good and a perfect match for the steaks served at Flemings. The Adelsheim Pinot was rich and flavorful and was a nice sipping wine. It might be noted that some of the wines by the glass are extremely high-priced in relation to what the wine sells for locally. Two examples would be the Pillar Box Red (an Australian shiraz blend) available at $9.75 a glass at Flemings and sold currently as a Chairman’s Selection in PA State Stores at $6.99 a bottle and the Bommarito Cabernet at a hefty $19.50 a glass and available in the stores as another Chairman’s Selection at $14.99 per bottle.

The staff at Fleming’s were especially accommodating as Kyle, the Manager, went out of his way to provide us with a round table for ten and Jill, our server, in addition to providing helpful menu advice, made frequent appearances to keep us abreast of scores on the Flyers, Phillies and also, draft picks, as the NFL draft was taking place in NY.

Most of us started our meal with a soup or salad. My Wedge was fresh with lots of crisp bacon, ripe tomatoes and creamy chunks of blue cheese. John and MaryAnn loved the French Onion soup which is prepared with three different cheeses.

Kathy ordered the Surf & Turf which featured a medium bone-in steak and an Australian lobster tail with lemon and butter. She really enjoyed as much as she could and took a nice portion home for another meal which she generously let me have last night. It was still good the next day, especially the lobster.

I think John’s entree looked the best of all of them as his Seared Scallops in a lobster creme sauce accompanied with  a puff pastry of sauteed fresh vegetables looked absolutely delicious. John was very pleased with his choice. My sister, Cathy ordered from one of the evening specials. I believe it was a filet of sole with hush puppies. I had the Filet Mignon and it was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. We had ordered several sides for the table, the Flemings potatoes, a house specialty made with creme, jalapeno and cheddar cheese, excellent, I might add, creamed spinach and sauteed spinach and our final “SIDE” , the inappropriately named “onion rings”. I was thinking “Gigantic Tower of Onion Rings” would have been more appropriate. These were not only enough for our table but may have fed Matthew’s entire U of K basketball team with leftovers to take home. They came with a tangy jalapeno aoili and were delicious.

Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal and since both the Flyers and Phillies had won we were all in a good mood and ready for dessert.

I think I saw a cheesecake or two on the table and I know I saw others besides myself with the Creme Brulee.

It had a nice crunchy layer and a perfectly prepared center topped with fresh blackberries and strawberries. It was a great way to end a very good meal.

It’s nice to have an opportunity to spend some time with family members in a nice setting like Flemings with good food, wine and friendships. My thanks to Tom and Jill for arranging this. Best wishes to Matthew and Jenna for continues success.

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