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.

2 Responses to “SORELLA ROSE – BYOB”

  1. My rankings for last week’s dining spots while staying in Cape May, now that I’ve had a chance to ponder all three are:

    1. Sorella Rose – right next door, top notch service, reasonable noise level, red hot food and dynamite desserts.

    2. Tisha’s – great food and good service, but environmentally unfriendly (no air conditioning and too breezy).

    3. Sage – pretty good food with OK service, noisy with marginal air conditioning.

  2. ballymote Says:

    Thanks for posting your rankings. I might switch Tisha’s with Sorella Rose ONLY because of that damn lobster risotto. It was amazing. I do agree that Sorella Rose is a hidden gem.

    In the interest of accuracy, I might point out that you ranked those restaurants last week based on your stay in Avalon rather than Cape May. Gotcha!!! Two points for the Wine Blogger Guy!!!

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