By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
A new French restaurant, Pascal and Sabine, has opened in Asbury Park on Bangs Avenue. The spokesman for the owners, Mark Hinchliffe is quoted in the Asbury Park Sun as saying, “It’s a statement for Asbury Park, and we believe that it will attract a new level of clientele to the city from around the world.”
Here is a link to the Sun’s article on Pascal and Sabine; APS restaurant review
At Blogfinger we have been keeping an eye on the AP restaurant scene, because many Grovers like to go there to dine. Recently we gave good reviews to La Tapatia and MOGO, and we have always enjoyed satisfying dining at Jimmy’s, Taka and the Langosta Lounge. A number of Grovers have praised the appetizer and bar combo at Fish. We have never eaten there.
But we also have experienced quite a few restaurants that were good at first, often with high prices, but which subsequently lost their edge and their focus. Some of them seem to take their customers for granted by getting sloppy with their consistency and quality.
Among those where we have had disappointing recent experiences include Stella Marina, Moonstruck, Ivan and Andy (which may be closed permanently) and Cubacan. But there are at least three others as well that were just ordinary, including Toast, Ole, and Rafferty’s.
And of course there are those which had high hopes but closed including Plan B, The Trinity and the Pope, the Caribbean place, Carmines, Synexis, and Sonny’s.
It sounds like Mr. Hinchliffe ought to wait for the reviews before he announces the arrival of Prince Charles—or even the Trinity or the Pope.
And one more thing: Be careful regarding restaurants that you liked in-season. You might find a Jekyll and Hyde winter situation due to the second team in the kitchen.
But of course, this is just our opinion. What do you all think about the AP dining scene? Are you enthused? Be specific in our comments section: good, bad or indifferent? Name the restaurants. And take our opinion survey below.