Sunday, December 26, 2010

Avenue East Asian Bistro in Cranford, NJ

This is a new, upscale, pan-Asian cuisine in the center of old Cranford, NJ. The street dress and decor are sleek, minimalist

We ate here twice, enjoying Bangkok Crispy Fish, Fusion Style Teriyaki Salmon, Tom Yum soup, Summer roll. Of these the Bangkok Crispy Fish was the most outstanding. Truly a dish you will crave and return for.

The decor is slick, minimalist but still warm and informal. This is perfectly appropriate for the location in the NYC 'burbs.

The service, on the other hand? Go to Avenue East with a sense of humor. We met a real NJ personality in our waiter on the first visit. Come to the table and stand, asserting we are in his house. Take the order, turn and leave. Done with us. Bring the food, plunk it down, turn and walk away. On the second visit we saw that not only the cuisine, but the front of house too is "authentic" Asian. Just try to understand what is being said.

We didn't try their sushi bar.  Not confident in sushi as a sideline, in even a Pan Asian restaurant.  It is in a cubbyhole, kind of a side feature, that is well designed and cool.  But this is not a Japanese menu.

Overall, we will go back again when in Jersey.

- Exechobo

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