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Aligado Japanese & Thai

December 11, 2007

After our shopping excursion on Saturday, I decided it was time to try Aligado Japanese & Thai Cuisine in Hazlet. We were promptly seated in the back by the sushi bar.

Our server, who was polite, took our drink order and rushed off. In a short amount of time, he returned to bring our drinks to us. He gave us a few minutes to mull over the menu and then swung by to take our order. He seemed rushed and it appeared he had quite a few tables. I believe there were only 2 other servers working that evening. I could be wrong, but I only saw 3 total.

Anyways, I had ordered a simple house salad and he ordered the Yellowtail Amazing. This is when things got a little testy. In a few minutes my house salad came out, but his Yellowtail Amazing was no where to be found. I waited a few moments hoping it would make its way to the table, but alas it hadn’t. I apologized for starting without him, and started to nibble away at my salad. Several minutes went by and, finally, his appetizer was delivered along with the special rolls (his main course) that he had ordered! My 2nd course (Holmdel roll) had also been delivered at that time as well, which was good because I had finished my salad and was ready for more.

He was not pleased at all and was sure to tell the otherwise polite server that his appetizer should have been delivered earlier. The server had apologized and rushed off to his other tables. As I have noted in past reviews, it’s, like, our biggest pet peeve to NOT have our appetizers served at the same time. We don’t care if one of us orders hot, and the other orders cold. It should be timed that not one of us is eating before the other!

It seems a lot of places can’t get this right! *sigh*

The delivery of my main course, Pad Thai, was a bit off as well. I had finished my Holmdel roll and waited several minutes for the Pad Thai to come. By that time, he had finished with his main course (his special rolls) and I was left being the last eating.

Despite the disorganized service, the food was rather tasty. No complaints at all there! But when you’re spending $60+, I think service needs to be coordinated as well as polite.

3 out of 5 stars. For quality of food alone.

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West Lake Authentic Chinese Restaurant

October 7, 2007

Last evening we decided to dine out.  We felt we deserved it and upon a quick check of the finances, we figured we could do Chinese.  So we checked out West Lake Authentic Chinese Restaurant on Route 34. I had heard/read mostly good things about it on the Chowhound board so I was excited to try it.

Our synopsis is that it was pretty good.   We were seated immediately and were treated to salted nuts and pickled veggies.  As well as ice water and tea in a pot.
He had the egg drop soup and I ordered cold sesame noodles for starters.  The noodles were great.  The pickled vegetables were also served with the noodles, which made for a tasty combination.

His main course was the Jumbo Shrimp which was pretty good.

I ordered the Eggplant, Bean Curd, and Peppers in Black Bean Sauce.  There was no “Hot & Spicy” denotation by it on the menu, so I thought I was safe.  The eggplant, bean curd (tofu), and sauce were all fine, but the pepper was one of the hottest things I have ever tried!  I can’t take spicy hot too much.  My mouth was on fire!  I drank a whole glass of water and had to request more. Needless to say, I won’t be trying that dish again.

Otherwise, it was fine, service was fine.  So we’ll probably try it again.  I definitely want to check out their dim sum on the weekends!

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Sushi & Teriyaki

October 2, 2007

While walking down Main Street this afternoon, I noticed a couple new restaurants that will be opening. One is an Italian joint, which the name escapes my mind, and the other is a sushi place that, according to the sign on the window, will simply be called “Sushi & Teriyaki”. I’m particularly excited about this sushi restaurant.

If you’ve taken a peek at the restaurants reviews over at my old blog Red Bank Blues, you’ll know my fiance and I are quite the sushiphiles! We’re looking forward to trying the sushi around these parts and posting the reviews here. :)