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333 BELROSE (NOT A BYOB)

Posted in 333 Belrose with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2012 by ballymote

 This was another restaurant I had wanted to try for some time. I pass it every day on my way to work and, more importantly, my nephew works in the kitchen helping to prepare each days menu. Four couples converged on this Main Line eatery in late November. We had to scramble to find a parking space but that may be due to the fact they had two VERY large parties, one of 40 and the other 32, dining there at that time. Our table for eight was located and the only deterrent was the noise but that might be expected when 40 family members are gathered to celebrate a birthday just a few feet from our table.

 

333 Belrose, not being a BYOB, we perused the wine list (most bottles coming in at about 3 times retail) and selected a couple of bottles of the 2008 Chappallet, Mountain Cuvee, a blend of cabernet and merlot that offers rich fruit flavor with hints of cinnamon and other spices. It went well with all of the entrees chosen and on its own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Several in our party selected the Wood Grilled Jail Island Salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and broccolini. I thought the fish was tender and cooked to perfection and the sauce added just the right additional flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes were sumptuous.

 

 

 

 

 Those who didn’t opt for the salmon gravitated toward the Char-grilled Filet Mignon. Some had it as pictured here with steak fries. My wife substituted the fries for blue cheese mashed potatoes which she raved about. She gave me a sample and although they were good I thought the intense blue cheese flavor slightly overpowered the meat. But, hey, what do I know??

 

 

 

 

 My nephew popped out of the busy kitchen just long enough to present our table with a complimentary sampling of some of their excellent desserts. We all shared a couple of plates of their New Orleans style bread pudding with a warm whiskey sauce, a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and creme fraiche and a third tasty item that I don’t quite remember its name.

 

 

 

Overall, it was an excellent evening. The noise died down somewhat and what could have been a kitchen disaster with 70 to 80 orders arriving at the same time was handled flawlessly by the staff. 333 Belrose is certainly a Philly Main Line  restaurant that deserves more frequent visits.

FLEMINGS PRIME STEAKS AND WINE BAR – NOT A BYOB – (2ND REVIEW)

Posted in Flemings Steakhouse and Wine Bar (2nd review), Wine Dinners with tags , , , , on May 5, 2011 by ballymote

Flemings, just off Lancaster Ave (Rt. 30), in Radnor, does a brisk business almost every night. It’s in a great location on the Main Line for business dinners and is a perfect spot for celebrating almost any special occasion. We were there last week for our “Sibling Dinner”, five brothers and sisters, along with spouses enjoying an evening of good food and wine and plenty of crisp conversation.  The menu at Flemings is quite extensive but there is little doubt that this is a steak restaurant and they take great pride in the beef they serve. They also have a very decent wine list and boast of offering 100 wines by the glass. I had previewed that list prior to arrival and I was a little disappointed to discover that several of the wines I had my eye on were not available at Pennsylvania locations (something to do with the state’s outdated retail wine and spirits laws.)

 I went with a 2008 Haymon & Hill, Reserve Selection, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands which was a decent pinot with cherry and raspberry notes with a little spice and a medium finish. To go with my steak I stepped up to a heartier red, the 2008 Hess, Allomi Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark blackberry flavors with a hint of smoke and cedar, smooth tannins and a lingering finish made this a good choice for the filet mignon.

 Most of our table split the Wedge Salad, crisp iceberg lettuce, grape tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese.

I had the French Onion Soup baked with swiss and parmesan cheese. This had tons of great flavor and was the perfect pre-steak starter.

 My filet was cooked medium and we shared several sides. The most notable of the extras was the Fleming Potatoes with cream, jalapenos and cheddar cheese. This gooey concoction is the perfect match for the USDA prime filet served with peppercorn sauce and a touch of butter. We also shared some cream spinach and asparagus spears.

Flemings can be counted on for a consistently good meal and top-notch service.

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