I am completely embarrassed that it took me so long to get to elements. I have visited Mistral downstairs numerous times for drinks and for dinner and have been impressed each time. I thus went into this dinner with high expectations and they were actually exceeded. I somewhat still can’t believe that I had this meal in the suburban town where I spend far too much of my life working. I am looking forward to a return visit as soon as I can talk another colleague into going!
Fluke – horseradish and lemon balm
Spanish mackerel – sunchoke, pickled ginger, mizuna
Lobster – chive, trout roe, parker house roll
Foie gras – brussels sprouts, apple, bacon, acorn squash
Squab – huckleberry, pine mushroom, potato
Ostrich – cumin, shallot, pork jus
Ribeye – hickory smoked, NJ rice, shiso
Wintergreen – custard and berries
Farmers cheese – caramel, hemlock, hazelnut
On my first trip to Mistral a few months ago, I enjoyed each dish individually but the menu seemed very disjointed. Some dishes were very complex, others were very simple and they just didn’t seem to belong in the same restaurant. I’m very glad I made a return visit and happy to see what appears to be a lot of growth and a very cohesive menu. Now if only Elements would hurry up and reopen so I would have another option in Princeton!
Sunchoke tahini, warm pita, caviar, sieved egg
Squash & Kale salad, mole granola, queso fresco, chipotle , cacao
Charred squid salad, green curry, peanuts, coconut, puffed rice
Pork Belly Tteokbokki, jersey rice dumplings, fermented radish, shitake
Tuna tartare, turnip tofu, furikake, ponzu
Warm date cake, cream cheese ice cream, pecan crunch
As I spend everyday there I am trying to visit the Princeton spots worth visiting. There were things I really liked about Agricola, but a few I just couldn’t get past. The cocktails were surprisingly good as were the starters. But in November I expect a ‘fall squash’ flatbread to contain butternut or acorn, not what I consider summer squash. And while the cranberry walnut bread pudding sounded delicious it was oddly flavorless and spongy (hence no photo).
Great Road Farm Slow Roasted Beets – coach farm goat cheese, spicy carrots
Kale salad – roasted delicate squash, shaved radish, toasted pumpkin seed vinaigrette
Manchester Farms Quail – polenta, salsa verde
Striped Bass – turnip chowder
Fall squash flatbread – sweet potato, arugula-pecan pesto, house made maple ricotta
I had been meaning to get Mistral for several months as I need to accept that I now work in the suburbs and make the best of it. But it took me far too long to find somebody to drag along and subject to my picture taking. I’m definitely looking forward to a return visit in cooler weather when I will want to sit beside the very cute fireplace.
Warm falafel salad – sprouted grains, black sesame, carrots cooked in barley
Blue crab salad – green curry, peanuts, coconut, puffed rice
Lamb tartare – kefir, spelt, marinated eggplant
Gulf snapper – tomato escabeche, crispy okra, pardon peppers
Poached egg – pomodoro, roasted squash, bottarga, crunchy pasta
Kali short rib – kimchi,mcicumber, scallion
Sweet steamed bun – plums, buckwheat, miso
Brown butter cake – banana, walnut, rum
Because there can never be too much Bobby in 24 hours!