We had a wonderful meal this Sunday at Circa in High Bridge, NJ (37 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ [908-638-5560]).
There were 6 of us (4 grownups, 2 kids) and we were celebrating our friend’s 38th birthday. When we arrived about 12:30 there were only 2 other diners in the restaurant. But in spite of that, each of our meals was prepared with all the attention you’d expect from a great NYC establishment. The modern Victorian-style interior has a dark stamped tin ceiling, plenty of cozy bench-style seating, and a bar with some of the best beer on tap in the area.
Here’s the Sunday brunch menu: http://www.circa-restaurant.com/dinner_menu.html. Everything we had was delicious! I had the ROASTED BEET SALAD — with walnuts, bleu cheese, apple, spinach, horseradish cream ($10). Beets were chopped into small squares and the walnuts gave a candied crunch, the bleu cheese a flavorful tang. The PUMPKIN GOAT CHEESE CROQUETTES were a symphony of taste — laced with honey, almonds, thyme ($10) — they were crispy, crunchy and sweet on the outside, with a soft, melting bite of goat cheese/pumpkin on the inside.
My husband had the STEAMED CLAMS — ginger, garlic, lemon, lime, chili flake ($12) and a special of lamb meat balls with soba noodles, perfectly cooked. (more…)