A few weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner at a new restaurant called Tavro Thirteen in Swedesboro, NJ. From the eclectic atmosphere, to the fresh and creative food, to the impeccable service, any worry I might have had that day disappeared as I dined in south Jersey’s hottest new restaurant.
I think I am in love.
We started our dinner with fresh scallops served ceviche style. They were in their shell and I have never eaten anything fresher. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought to look out the window to see some scallop fishermen waiting with their bushels.
We also had some cavatelli with broccoli and garlic chips. It was so delicious that I could have eaten the garlic like they were potato chips. Luckily both my husband and I shared so there were no issues there.
Next came our entrees. I like to order fish or seafood whenever I can so the cod on the menu just called out my name. It was served with a potato torta, leeks, a mustard sauce and a parsley sauce. I didn’t want to let my husband have a taste of this perfectly cooked fish for fear he might want more.
The husband had loin lamb chops with orange chutney and a wonderful quince and quinoa salad. I made him share. He usually isn’t into whole grains and prefers potatoes but he said he could eat what he ordered every night of the week. I loved the combination.
It was time to order dessert and I thought my jeans would thank me if I shared one with my husband. But when we heard the selections, the jeans lost out and we ordered two desserts. First there was a panna cotta with gorgeous poached pears topped with rosemary laden pistachios. It was perfect bites of creamy, crunchy, sweet and salty.
We also indulged in a vanilla pot de creme which came with a delicate lemon cookie. It was a rich dessert that was perfect to end the meal with.
We enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Dinner was amazing but we really didn’t expect any less since Terence Feury, is the chef-partner at this new establishment. His professional path has taken him through some of the nation’s top kitchens, including New York City’s Le Bernardin, Philadelphia’s Striped Bass and Fork, an American Bistro in Philadelphia.
We will definitely be going back to this gem but next time we will be staying for some entertainment after dinner. Not only is Tavro Thirteen a wonderful restaurant, but there is a beautiful bar and a lounge with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Beside the dinner menu, there is a lunch menu and a bar menu if you want to grab a cocktail with some small plates. Starting in January, brunch will be served too. There will also be a special New Year’s Eve menu which includes surf and turf, tile fish and smoked duck breast.
It is refreshing to go to a new place in New Jersey without having to deal with city parking and tolls. All I can say is “Move over Philly, there’s a new kid in town!”
****For full disclosure, I was provided with a complementary meal for two at this restaurant. As usual, all opinions are my own.