Last evening my husband and I had the pleasure of having dinner with a business associate of his and his wife. We met them Yvonne's in Neptune. What an expected surprise to find this little gem! Yvonne's relocated to Neptune following a fire in Ocean Grove back in February 2015. Yvonne's is located on the southbound side of Route 35 just before the Headliner.
We started the evening at the bar, which was quite lively for a Tuesday evening. They have Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Appetizers are 1/2 price, house liquors are 1/2 price, glass of wine $5 and discounted draft beers.
After settling in at a table in the dining we perused the menu for appetizers. Our host started off with the soup of the day which was a cup of French onion. I must say it was a rather large cup of soup, an over-sized coffee cup. The table shared tuna nachos with yellow fin tuna, seaweed salad, atop wonton crisps garnished with spicy mayo and sesame seeds ($15) and the Seashore Salad that had scallops and shrimp with avocado, red onion, tomato, lemon juice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar atop a bed of fresh greens ($20). It was more than enough for four people. By the way, the warm bread that is brought to the table is accompanied by delicious herb butter...yum!
I was almost full from enjoying the appetizers. I decided to try their classic 10 ounce sirloin burger that was served on a brioche bun along with fries ($12). Our host had the 14 ounce bone-in center cut Grilled Pork Chop served on top of bleu cheese mashed potatoes and topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions and cherry peppers ($27.00). His wife tried Brazilian pacu fish ribs with citrus-tequila BBQ sauce, sun-dried tomato polenta and asparagus ($30.00). Our waitress said that pacu fish is related to piranha. Our hostess raved about how delicious this dish was. The only down side was she had to be careful of the bones. My husband had Thai sea scallops pan that were seared with green curry sauce, served with mushroom clam risotto and Thai veggie sauce ($32.00), which he thoroughly enjoyed. We were too full for dessert.
Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience. The food was creative and had a wonderful presentation. The portion sizes were more than adequate and the waitress was very patient and efficient. I must say, they do not offer nightly specials. However, I noticed on the chalkboard opposite the bar, that on Sunday evening's the chef does prepare some special entrees. Below is a listing of their nightly offerings. Sunday evening was not included in the online listing. I can't wait to try their nightly specials.
Monday - 1/2 Price Pasta Night.
Tuesday - $12 Burgers & Brews, all day long! 10 oz. burgers with your choice of select draft beers.
Wednesday- $25 Steak Night, Enjoy a cute of Rib-eye, NY Strip or Filet Mignon paired with two sides of your choice to enjoy!
Thursday - It is a Date Night, $50 Prefix Menu for Two, Includes a House glass of Wine Red or White, a Soup or Salad, Entree, And Dessert.
Friday - Happy Hour & LIVE Entertainment!
Sunday- 1/2 Price Wines!
Photo from Yvonne's website/Google Images
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.