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A Lovely Meal at Terre à Terre

Food Sharing Network hasn’t written about many restaurants, but a meal at Terre à Terre in Carlstadt, NJ inspired Kathy to share her experience.

Seasonal Cuisine in the Meadowlands

Chris and I can eat and like most things when it comes to home cooking, but when it comes to eating out, we are hard to please. Can you blame us? We know (and are) pretty good home chefs who can prepare and serve a lovely meal. Should we not expect the same from the professionals?

When a gift of dinner-for-two presented us with an opportunity to dine out, we chose Terre à Terre in Carlstadt, NJ, a town about a mile from the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Since opening in October 2013, the restaurant has received numerous rave reviews, and its focus on fresh seasonal ingredients was most appealing. I quote from its website:

“At Terre à Terre, Chef Villani offers a farm to table dining experience featuring sustainable, locally grown produce, meat, and wild seafood. Our philosophy is to allow the seasons to dictate our menu. Our belief is that food tastes better when prepared fresh. We are privileged to work with many farmers who share our vision and supply us with the fresh ingredients we serve daily – most are within a few hundred miles of our restaurant.”

Last night, the fall menu was in play, including six specials. We completely enjoyed artichokes stuffed with cheese and sausage, Rhode Island mussels and filet mignon served, and I should say beautifully served, with blue cheese, mashed potatoes, swiss chard, a delicious sauce and a fried egg. Forgive the lack of complete detail that written notes and a photo shoot would have provided. We don’t announce ourselves as food bloggers except, perhaps, after receiving the check. I only write about things I like, and we are not looking for special attention.

We particularly enjoyed the excellent service provided by head server Chris and his co-worker (Sorry, I didn’t get his name.) Attention to detail and the right timing were all in place. I also must note that although the restaurant was not busy – at one point we were the only diners – the atmosphere was always warm and comfortable, much more like a private dining room than an empty restaurant.

Thanks for the lovely evening, Terre à Terre.

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