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SORELLA ROSE – BYOB (SECOND REVIEW)

Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Sorella Rose (2nd Review), South Jersey BYOB Reviews, Wine Dinners with tags , , , on January 14, 2010 by ballymote

This was my third visit to this Avalon restaurant in the past year (second visit since I started this blog). Seven hungry weekenders (John & Cathy B. were going to be arriving late) made the 200 yard trek from our borrowed beach house to this seashore restaurant on 8th Street in Avalon. Previous visits have been very nice so we were excited about what would lie ahead. It was icy cold outside and warm and comfy inside the brightly lit restaurant.

Wines were opened, menus were passed around and barbs were traded amongst the men.  My eyes focused on one particular appetizer that sounded delicious and that’s what I chose, Pan Blackened Scallops served with Sweet Jersey Corn Salsa and Blood Orange Chipotle Lime Aioli. The scallops arrived perfectly cooked and the aioli was the perfect sauce to compliment these treasures of the sea. Portions were very generous and I totally enjoyed this delectable starter. John G., who is secretly involved in a torrid love affair with every snail in France, ordered the French Burgundy Escargot in Sauternes, Roasted Garlic, Shallots, Fresh Parsley and Toasted Brie Baguettes. I’m not sure whether I was offered one and declined or whether John devoured these little slimy creatures on his own. I do know they were eaten at something quite faster than a “snails” pace. I believe it was Gerry B. who chose the Oysters Sorella, Baked and Topped with Creamy Parmesan, Spinach, Crispy Pancetta and Splashed with Pernod. They looked good but I avoid oysters, clams and mussels whenever possible. They just aren’t my thing.

JoAnn B. had a nice looking salad and that’s about the extent of my memories of what others were eating. My scallops were gone and I was anxiously awaiting my choice of entree. I had thought about the filet, passed on the scallops since I had them as an appetizer, and zoomed in on the Panko Encrusted Chicken Breast Stuffed with Boursin Cheese, Spinach and Toasted Pine Nuts with a Pomegranate Syrup. It was delivered with potatoes and some nice green beans. I have never been a huge fan of Pomegranate anything but tonight that tangy syrup provided one of the few bright spots for an entree that should have been wonderful, sounded terrific, even looked rather inviting on the plate. The only problem was, it lacked flavor. My wife, Kathy, had ordered the same thing and she totally agreed, which absolutely confirms my opinion because she almost NEVER agrees with me. I can’t explain why, it was simply bland and devoid of flavor; the pomegranate syrup doing its best to liven things up. I’m going to forgive Sorella Rose for this miscue as other meals there have been better, the ambience of the place is very nice, the owner is personable and the scallop appetizer was outstanding. Our dinner companions fared much better as Gerry loved his selection of Fresh Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy San Marzano Pomodoro Topped with Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp. I thought he’d have some left to take home but he paced himself and finished his entire plate. John G., to my left went with another seafood plate. Sauteed Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes served with Fresh Mango Salsa and Avocado Keylime Aioli. It looked good and his silence while devouring it confirmed that he was pleased with his choice. We passed on dessert only because we had so many Christmas cookies and sweets back at the house. Despite my disappointment with my chicken entree it was a nice evening and we would certainly return to Sorella Rose. It should be mentioned that in paying the bill John G. noticed that all of our appetizers were priced a few dollars more than the listed menu prices. It turns out they accidently charged us from their New Year’s Eve Menu. The situation was quickly rectified but it does go to show that it pays to stay home on New Year’s Eve as many restaurants inflate their regular menu prices for the  special evening.

SORELLA ROSE – BYOB

Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Sorella Rose, South Jersey BYOB Reviews, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , on August 26, 2009 by ballymote

The first of three nice dinners we had during our week in Avalon was at Sorella Rose on 8th Street, within walking distance of where we stayed.

IMG_2582This was our second visit to this restaurant as we had a very nice dinner with a group of friends back in early January of this year.  Not many of the better shore restaurants remain open during the winter months so it is a blessing that Sorella Rose serves dinner on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the cold months.

Our guests for the week were our friends JoAnn, who has been my wife’s best friend since childhood, and her husband Gerry who has been my friend for almost as long. After being seated and opening a white wine for starters (2005 St Urban-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese) we perused the extensive and inviting menu. On our January visit they were serving a lobster bisque which was absolutely delicious but it wasn’t on the menu this evening so I chose the Spicy Crab SoupIMG_2585. There were ample chunks of crab and the soup was good but it still finished a distant second to the lobster bisque. The Spatlese having been depleted we now opened two bottles of Shirvington Shiraz, an Australian fruit bomb. We had both the 2004 and 2005 and it was interesting that they could have easily been two completely unrelated wines as the taste of each were much different. JoAnn and I both preferred the 2004 which was more complex and sort of hit you in the face with it’s bold flavors. The 2005 had more subtlety and was probably a beter companion to my entree which was the Crab Sorella.

Crab Sorella

Crab Sorella

Veal Napolean

Veal Napolean

Jersey Kettle

Jersey Kettle

Shrimp Sorella

Shrimp Sorella

JoAnn opted for the Shrimp Sorella, Gerry went with the Jersey Kettle (shrimp, scallops, little neck clams and Brazilian lobster meat in an aromatic fennel tomato broth served over linguini) and Kathy chose the Veal Napolean (pan seared veal medallions layered with eggplant, prosciutta, spinach and fresh mozzarella). Kathy usually loves anything with the word eggplant in it but found her dish to be a bit bland with both the veal and eggplant lacking real flavor.

Everyone else was pleased with their choice and the wines and good conversation made for an enjoyable meal.
JoAnn, Jared and Kathy

JoAnn, Jared and Kathy

In addition, the women were captivated by our waiter, Jared who they felt was not only attentive to their needs but was quite a good looking guy, too.
We had finished our wine and were about to decline dessert when a diner at another table practically insisted that we try the gelato, not wanting to be rude,  I opted for the Tahitian Vanilla, Gerry had the Malted Milk and JoAnn chose for the Chocolate Mint. Kathy was the only one showing restraint. Suffice to say the desserts were wonnnnnnnderful and topped off the meal nicelyIMG_2591. Each glass was coated with a delicious chocolate ganache. Sorella Rose needs to step up their marketing program because they do a nice job and I really believe if more people knew this place was here the tables would be full more nights than they are. It was a nice choice for the first of our three dinners.
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