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Rex and Roxy Share a Delicious Lunch at Equus Restaurant in Bernardsville, New Jersey

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The girls were busy at school and we didn’t have any business conference calls scheduled on Friday afternoon, so Rex and I decided to slip away to drop off a donation at the Visiting Nurses Rummage Sale in Far Hills, pick up a case of wine at Gary’s and to try out Equus, a new-ish restaurant in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  Mysteriously, the Equus web site claims that they were “established 1848,” but my recollection is Spring 2008.  Before that, the building housed a not-very-good pizza and casual food establishment called the Stone Tavern where Rex and the girls and I had some of the worst steamed clams in our family history.

Luckily, Equus is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor.  We looked over the menu and decided that, while I was ravenous from my morning workout and the descriptions were so good that we could eat almost anything on the lunch menu, we would stick with two appetizers each.  I started with the Crispy Fried Calamari with sambol aioli & wasabi honey drizzle ($10)…it was quite good and the wasabi really had a nice kick to it.  As my entree, I enjoyed the Tuna & Rice Paper Wrap appetizer with cucumber & green papaya slaw with nuok chem sauce ($14)…there were four pieces, enough for two people, so I shared half with Rex.  Now, here comes trouble…our waiter didn’t have any menus that we could take home, promising that the menus are all on the Equus web site, but so far I haven’t found either of Rex’s dishes online.  His first appetizer was a “perfectly executed” pulled pork over cornbread pancake that disappointed Rex only because he remembered (too late) that he doesn’t really enjoy cornmeal based items such as tortillas or corn muffins.  Rex’s second dish was his favorite — charred tuna.  I’m afraid I didn’t take any pictures of the food, just the surroundings, which gave Equus just the right ambiance.

Equus, 1 Mill Street, Bernardsville, NJ.  Phone (908) 766-3737.

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  • Henson Ray
    10:51 am on September 14th, 2008 1

    Great review. And how appropriate. I will actually be going to see “Equus” on Broadway in a few weeks, starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. By the way, I don’t think I ever told you how much I like the look and design of this website. It is very easy to scan the articles to see what you want to read, and the graphics are great…Good job! (Though I still don’t know how you find the time to do all this and still have such a great family.)

  • Genie Princess
    12:15 am on September 19th, 2008 2

    Hola Roxy! The restaurant looks simply awesome, bet the food must be great too!

    Oh I wanted to let u know that this blog is currently number 4 at MPG’s TD list yay! :D


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