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Bites Nearby: The Bistro in Red Bank

Sister to Zoe in Little Silver, The Bistro offers an American and Asian fusion

Ever since my discovery and love for in Little Silver, I have always wanted to try the . Every time I had walked by it was always busy, which made it even more appetizing.  This restaurant is unique in that they fuse a combination of Asian and American cuisine, highlighting a very impressive sushi menu.

I went there on Saturday night for dinner, but they are open for lunch also. They serve one of my favorite salads, the Asian Caesar Salad, with spicy cashews and crispy wontons. 

The Roasted Thai Chicken sounded delicious also, with watercress, crispy rice noodles, napa cabbage, and sesame-soy dressing. We ordered the Bistro salad for the table, with wild field greens, shaved parmesan, and a light balsamic vinaigrette.  I very much enjoyed this. The sharp taste of parmesan blended well with the balsamic and fresh greens.

While the brick oven pizza options sounded really tempting, I decided on an entrée.  The Grilled Garlic Shrimp were served on top of yellow and black Fettuccine, mushrooms, and roasted red reppers in a red curry coconut cream sauce.  The dish was, to my surprise, topped with “dancing bonitos”, a type of fish that was shaved on top of the pasta, which makes the little pieces dance when they are exposed to heat. Very unexpected, at first, due to the fact that at first glance I was slightly startled. An interesting twist on a delicious dish!

My Dad ordered the Stone Mustard Crusted NY Strip Steak, cooked perfectly and served in a spiced port wine sauce, honey roasted onion, and a truffle-parmesan twice-baked potato.  My brother ordred off the sushi menu, which excited me for when I come back in the future.  He ended up with the Surf and Turf roll, a delightful combination of a spicy crabmeat, cucumber and avocado roll topped with filet mignon. I will definitley try this roll, along with the Paia Maki Roll of peppered tuna, cilantro, onion, tempura flakes, spicy dynamite sauce, and white seaweed.

The Bistro has a variety of starters, including a Sherry Lobster Bisque, Kobe Beef Pot Stickers, and Sweet Potato and Shrimp dumplings. They have a balance of pastas, from Angel Hair with Tomato & Basil and Penne Vodka, to the Shanghai Lo Mein dish of stir-fried vegetables. The Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, Bistro Kobe Burger, and Seared Rare Tuna also all caught my eye.

As a frequent visiter of Zoe, I may often visit the Bistro as well. As a BYOB, our meals were all tied together with one bottle of red and one white. The Bistro also offers catering, a three-course course prix fixe menu on Monday and Tuesdays for $25, and an ample selection of New Jersey wines. To read more about the Bistro and Zoe go to www.thebistroatredbankcom and www.zoebistro.com

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