In Baristaville, culinary capital of New Jersey, we can’t ever get enough of new restaurants to satisfy our adventurous palates. Boonsong Thai, Tutti Vous, Costanera, and 32 Church are the latest restaurants to arrive on the scene, and aren’t we lucky!
Boonsong Thai Cuisine, at 1040 Broad Street is spicing things up in the Brookdale section of Bloomfield. This is the second restaurant for owners Siriphun and Somporn Meelarb, who for seven years have owned Tuptim in Montclair. Chef Siriphun was professionally trained by the Thai government to prepare traditional Thai dishes, and she’s delighted to present a totally different menu than what is prepared at Tuptim. Husband Somporn “Noon” says they’ll prepare any favorite Thai dish, even if it’s not on the menu. Open seven days for lunch and dinner. Lunch specials $6.95, served from 11:30 – 2pm.
Now available on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair is “world cuisine” from Tutti Vous and new world Peruvian Cuisine from Costanera.
Tutti Vous has a menu that changes every week, says chef Margie King, who hails from the NYC kitchen of Birdland. This week’s specials included Prawn Skewers with Chili and Raspberry Dip ($10), Pan Seared Filet Mignon, with Haricot Verts, Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Red Wine Reduction ($19), and Grilled Marinated Tofu, with Asian Stir fry, Sobe’ Noodles & Teriyaki Glaze ($15). Tutti Vous took over the short-lived Aqua Blue Cafe, and is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday 5-10 and Brunch on Sunday 9:30am -3pm. 348 Bloomfield Avenue. 973-707-7012. Their website, www.tuttivous.com, should go live this weekend.
CIA-trained Juan Placencia is the Chef-owner of Montclair’s first Peruvian restautant, Costanera, which has taken over the former Udupi on Bloomfield Avenue. Having grown up in a restaurant family – his dad owns Oh Calamares! in Kearny – Placencia formalized his training working the front and back of the house at NY dining landmarks Jean-Georges, Del Posto, and Grammercy Tavern. The soft opening of Costanera is May 5 and 6, when the public is invited to taste Peruvian specialties at 50% off regular prices. What to expect: exquisitely fresh raw bar, ceviche, catch of the day, grilled meats,and of course the quintessential Peruvian grilled chicken. There’s also a fruit juice bar, serving chicha morada, and limeade. It’s BYO for Pisco Sours. Costanera will be serving dinner at first, then open for lunch in July. 511 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. 973-337-8289.
32 Church is the latest foodie mecca on pedestrian-friendly Church Street. Bringing a bit of Soho glam to the block, two glass enclosed firepits light up the romantic upstairs dining area. Nice to know they’ve got sidewalk seating ready for the good weather, and I’m interested to see the “air curtain” in action which acts like a bug screen when the retractable doors open onto the street. 32 Church has an the eclectic menu dubbed “Creative Cooking.” Indeed, 32 CHURCH has taken the best of southwestern and italian dishes from sister restaurants Theresa’s, Isabella’s and Mojave Grill of Westfield and Theresa’s South of Bay Head. Open for lunch and dinner, closed Mondays. 973-746-3232.