Restaurant Review: Nakayama Sushi (Hazlet, NJ)

I don’t usually write reviews based on takeout, but because Nakayama is an actual restaurant and my experiences there in two orders were good, I figured this could stand on its own. My coworker and I wanted a change from Sultan Palace after a couple of greasy, unappetizing meals in the last two months. This…

Photo of the Day: September 26, 2017

Another one from Ichiban. First time in forever I had hibachi, and this was Will’s first altogether. The food was decent, though I enjoyed the garlic fried rice more than anything else. Our chef was pretty entertaining, including launching a few jokes on the raunchy side. Actually, the sexual innuendo was quite profound. Still, it…

Restaurant Review: Max’s Restaurant (Jersey City, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Filipino restaurant” is how this review should begin. Actually, Will and I are both white by appearance, but since he is half Filipino, I was the only Haoli in the restaurant at this particular time. I say all of this in humor, but as is the case with each…

Restaurant Review: The Brothers Italian Cuisine (Red Bank, NJ)

I had not been to The Brothers in about five years. I remember the outside being nothing to look at, and the inside kind of dark and dram. But still, there was an atmosphere to it. Something old and classic. When I visited there the other day, I was surprised to see the inside was…

Takeout Joints: Pizza/Italian Volume 2

Following the first part of my “Takeout Joints” column, here are three more pizzerias and Italian restaurants in my area. They each offer something different, from a special crust to childhood memories, and finally some wild and wacky slices you will not find anywhere else. Esposito’s Pizza and Pasta (Matawan) Three words: sesame seed crust. Without…

Restaurant Review: Thai Thai Cuisine (Old Bridge, NJ)

With two friends who own Thai restaurants in New Jersey, I know good Thai food when I see it, err, taste it. I had eaten at this establishment years ago when it was Pooket. Since it changed to Thai Thai, I had driven past many times without giving it much thought. Then last week, Will and…

Takeout Joints: Chinese/Asian Volume 1

“You can’t swing a dead cat” without hitting a Chinese takeout place near my hometown of Hazlet. Like pizzerias (reviews of which to come at a later date), they are everywhere. But for every gem there are three or four that are just average, and a couple more bordering on abominable. Many seem similar on…

The Recipe Book: Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup

The following recipe is heavily tweaked from what I found online. My alterations were to make the dish a little cheaper, as well as much healthier. The original called for three cups of coconut milk in place of the vegetable stock I will use. I never cooked with coconut milk before, so when I got to…

Restaurant Review: Haldi Chowk (Middletown, NJ)

There are a few Indian restaurants I hold dear to my heart. In a way, I felt like I was cheating on them when I visited Haldi Chowk in Middletown last night. But it’s the new show in town, and given my affinity for this flavorful cuisine, I had to give it a try. I…

Restaurants We Miss: Steak & Ale (Middletown, NJ)

A recent shot of Middletown NJ’s defunct Steak & Ale. (From The Middletown Patch) They served up a steak that was to die for—literally and metaphorically. It was a garlic butter sirloin. I was only a teenager, but I had reached that point in my life where a slab of bloody meat on a plate…