Friday, February 27, 2015

Cafe Panache - Ramsey, NJ

After several months on our watch list, we finally got the chance to eat at Cafe Panache, a well known restaurant in Ramsey, NJ. In writing this review, the first thing that comes to my mind is "attention to detail." From making the reservation (where they reminded me that it is a bring your own) to setting the table for dessert, the staff didn't miss an opportunity to demonstrate their attentiveness to customer service.  

While the restaurant has been around for over 30 years, the decor is up to date and trendy.  
The only criticism I have of this establishment is that the menu is not inspiring. While we sat and reviewed the menu, neither of us were excited to order any particular item.  We found ourselves anxiously waiting for the waiter to tell us the specials, which we hoped would stimulate our appetites. There were probably 4 or 5 appetizer specials and 2 or 3 dinner specials.

Now back to the positives.  Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. I ordered the filet mignon off the menu, which came topped with caramelized onions, over a bed of sauted spinach, with mashed potato mousse. 

Christine ordered two appetizers, stewed clams with chorizo in a tomato broth and creamy polenta with mushrooms and shaved parmesan.
The flavor combinations and presentation of the food was second to none. 

I can't stress enough how much we enjoyed our meal, except for the Tiramisu special for desert, which we found to have too much of a citrus flavor. Having said that, we were extremely impressed that they split the desert into two servings without being asked, making it easier to share.....great attention to detail!
All in all, Cafe Panache is an excellent establishment that can be counted on for a delicious meal. Our only wish was that there was a more exciting menu that would have us wanting to go back. 

Xteve rating : 4.0(*****)
Website : Cafe Panache

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