Tomatoe’s marries current culinary thinking with time-honored tradition
It’s 8pm, Saturday night.
Ground zero for the restaurant industry.
This is when the rubber hits the road, the s%#@ hits the fan and the weak flee their kitchens.
For those reasons, plus others, we prefer to not review places at that time.
With a few notable exceptions.
Like our visit last weekend to Margate’s Tomatoe’s.
Since being founded almost two decades ago by husband and wife team Carmen Rone and Karen Sherman, Tomatoe’s has managed to embrace both current culinary thinking as well as time-honored tradition.
Most notably, they’ve been at the vanguard of introducing Asian cuisine — particularly sushi and sashimi — to local diners.
We’ve always found the quality of their fresh, raw seafood to be the equal of any authentic Japanese eatery, no small feat indeed.
Our meal began with a trio of offerings from that separate bill of fare.
A nightly special roll, composed of shrimp, avocado and Asian pear, topped with spicy tuna, tempura crunchies and stripes of mango sauce, arrived looking like a museum exhibit.
That bright orange fruit — the world’s most popular — created a startling visual image. It also paired well with the crisp pear, one element soft and yielding, the other with plenty of textural bite.
Now back to serving 60 wines by the glass and serving upward of 700 guests on busy weekend nights, you could almost believe nothing ever happened.
Tomatoe's restaurant, housed in a minimalist olive-shaded building along Margate's Amherst Avenue bayfront, has presented some of the Jersey shore's most distinctive, multifaceted cuisine since op...
What: Tomatoe's Where: 9300 Amherst Ave. in Margate, 822-7535 When: Open daily from 5pm. Happy hour (reduced drinks & appetizers at the bar) from 5-6:30pm. Rock 'n' roll sushi (half-priced sushi ...
Now nearly eight years in its present bayside digs, having formerly existed for seven years in a much smaller venue in midtown Margate, Tomatoe's has become a vastly popular dining and social establi...
Those inclined to seek out new spots to socialize during the evening hours may find that shore towns tend to create little enclaves in the off-season -- places where the locals congregate or where vi...
Don't let the name fool you -- this restaurant, located at the Linwood Greene Shopping Plaza, is a perfect place for family dining. The entrées compare favorably in quality with finer local restaurants but are more reasonably priced ($12.99-$20.99). I had the chicken cacciatore ($14.99), which was a boneless breast of chicken sautéed in tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers and onions. My house salad (tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, chick peas and black olives with Russian dressing) was fresh and crisp. My wife Pat chose mozzarella sticks ($4.95) from the appetizer menu and the antipasto from the extensive salad menu ($5.50-$7.95). Our choices were all excellent.Pasta entrées ($10.99-$16.99) are served with house salad and Italian bread and include lobster ravioli, stuffed shells, penne primavera and vegetable lasagna. Sandwiches, subs, steaks and burgers, and the special children's menu are priced from $5.95-$8.95.Red traditional pizza (medium $9, large $10) is available with a large assortment of toppings. White pizza (medium $8.50, large $9.50) and Sicilian ($13.99) is also available. � La Pizzatega Restaurant & Pizzeria at Linwood Greene Shopping Plaza, 210 New Road in Linwood. Call 653-8442 for take-out and delivery. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-10pm.
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