Bistro 55 Rochelle Park, NJ

My husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary at Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park, NJ, formerly South City Grill.  www.southcitygroup.net

                                          

Because we have a young son, we made a reservation for 6PM.  It was not very busy when we arrived, but it was steadily picking up when we were leaving, around 7:15.

When you walk in, there is a bar before you and there are two dining rooms, one to the left and one to the right.  We were seated in the right dining room, which was tastefully decorated for fall.

We wanted to share an appetizer and decided on oysters.  Bistro 55 carries east coast oysters, which we are familiar with, and west coast oysters, which we were not. 

West Coast on the left – they were from Washington state, they had a sort of creamy taste to them.  East Coast on the right – they were from Canada, and they had a more “briney” taste to them.  As loyal life long east coasters, we preferred the East Coast oysters, but both were delicious.

My husband ordered the Scottish Salmon, with a glass of Chateau St. Jean Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma) (I had the same).  It was served with a brussel sprout and potato hash with a dijon sauce.  The salmon was cooked perfectly!

I decided to have the chicken.  It was tough to choose between the chicken and some fish, but the chicken was local and I wanted to give it a try.  It was roasted and was served over corn and chive mashed potatoes and is accompanied by grilled asparagus, which I substituted for with grilled seasonal vegetables, which turned out to be a variety of bell peppers (not pictured).  The chicken was tender and moist and absolutely fresh! Worth every bite!

Finally, time for dessert.  Bistro 55 features a variety of homemade ice creams and sorbets as well as other traditional desserts.  My husband chose the vanilla bean ice cream and coffee, which was served in a french press.  I chose pumpkin creme brulee, which was served with fresh whipped cream and short bread cookies.  Both desserts were sinfully amazing!

         

We found the service to be very good.  Everyone was very friendly, and our server, Tari, was as knowledgable as she was personable and she was ready to make recommendations and give advice on menu selections.  The total bill for our meal was $98.  The menu is eclectic, it ranges from pizzas and sandwiches/burgers (grass fed beef!) to the types of entrees that we enjoyed.

I highly recommend Bistro 55 and if you decide to visit, ask for Tari!!!

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