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NJ Food Guide - February, 2009

Inside This Edition: New Jersey Food Reviews By The Jersey Shadow: Bella Napoli in Bloomfield, NJ and Mr. Chu Chinese Cuisine in East Hanover, NJ 


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Bella Napoli - Bella Napoli in Bloomfield  bills itself as Fine Italian Dining, but as always, it's up to the patron to decide if any place lives up to such self-described praise.  Many places try to hit all the marks that make up a good meal, but few hit them all as well as Bella Napoli did the day I decided to drop by for lunch.
With all the economic turmoil, I was searching for some value for my readers on the menu, and I didn't have far to look with their business express lunch.  The place is warm and comfortable and every bit North Jersey in feel, but without the pretense... just quality service and a quality product.  The tables were crisply set with fresh linens and the atmosphere  included business types in business attire.



Now back to the menu which included all of the usual suspects... veal, pasta, chicken with soup and salad included on the express lunch.  I went with an inviting dish of chicken, vinegar peppers and mushrooms which arrived in a large portion after my large salad all for just $10.95 -- an outstanding value.  Of course it's only outstanding if the flavor and quality are there and they were.  The sweet vinegar peppers added just the right amount of accent to the dish without being overpowering and the chicken was moist and very tender.  My luncheon partner ordered the Shrimp Francais and commented on the generous portion that arrived.  The shrimp and the salad were said to be delicious as well as perfectly prepared.

It's really delightful to find a place with such determination to succeed and it appears that they are thriving in this down economy.  What's also great is the thoughtfulness of their pricing and with the fine food enjoyed on this day it's clear they want customers for life, in fact they offer a special 3-course special dinner for the unbelievable price of $14.95 Monday's and Tuesday's.
Without question, I will be back soon and for dinner, which is a big feat for anyplace as I have much to explore and discover.  You will probably discover that you like Bella Napoli as much as I did if you decide to give it a try.  Full Bar service is available with new flat screen TV's, valet parking and credit cards accepted. -Jersey Shadow -
Bella Napoli
1640 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-338-8500


















Mr. Chu Chinese Cuisine - I haven't run across too many packed restaurants recently which is probably an indication of how tight the home budgets have become.  The good news for consumers is there are some deals to be had for full sit-down meals.  One such deal is the lunch special at Mr. Chu where two can sit down and dine for under twenty dollars including soft drinks and the tip.
I started this cold winter day with the Won Ton soup which was very tasty and filling then onto the Szechwan Beef which was also tasty and refreshingly spicy.  The shrimp and cashews with rice was flavorful and perfectly portioned. The whole meal was great, not overly filling but completely satisfying without costing a fortune.
Mr. Chu has a brisk take-out business and loyal following which apparently is keeping this place humming along in this difficult economy.  Looking for places that are easy on the wallet is a must for many these days.  To be able to find a place as reasonable as this with full service is great because it allows people to go out to eat and enjoy a meal with no worries, which is often quite therapeutic. 
Times today can be stressful and complicated but the lunch special at Mr. Chu was simple, filling and tasty plus having money left over after the bill is paid is a good feeling indeed. - Jersey Shadow -
Mr. Chu Chinese Cuisine
44 State Route 10
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Phone: 973-887-7555


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