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Fine American fare that embraces worldwide influences.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Restaurant David Drake, Rahway, NJ

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Restaurant David Drake Restaurant Review

: Before the first taste, diners know that chef David Drake is a perfectionist. His namesake restaurant, though small, is charming in every way from the patches of bare brick wall to the judiciously selected modern art, from the carefully placed tables to the stylish and slightly formal service. So when plates begin to arrive, it is no surprise to find meticulous attention there as well. Creativity and innovation mark Drake's version of American cuisine, which, like the nation that inspired it, embraces a variety of international influences. Roasted sweetbreads are served in a pine nut crust with Michigan cherries; seared New York foie gras is accompanied by roasted pineapple and lemon grass broth seasoned with cardamom. Although entrée options appeal to many tastes, seafood is especially fine here with dishes such as prosciutto-wrapped yellowfin tuna with fried eggplant, green beans and micro lettuce salad dressed in vincotto---the liquid velvet made from grape must. Or, there's the locally caught jumbo sea scallops served with chanterelle mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns and shallot purée resting in a pool of citrus reduction sauce. Tasting menus priced with and without matching wines give the talented kitchen a chance to showcase its skills with intriguing dishes such as steamed duck egg on applewood smoked bacon, hen of woods mushrooms and watercress; or roasted squab with spätzle, ginger pickled apricots and lavender-infused game sauce. The wine list is a carefully chosen global roster with fine selections from France, South America and California.

User Ratings & Reviews for THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Restaurant David Drake
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David Drake's Restaurant was disappointing
by maryanne on Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:58 pm
Had dinner at David Drake's restaurant Saturday evening and was quite disappointed. The restaurant did not meet my or my guests expectations for several reasons. Service was weak, water glasses were hardly refilled, delay between courses was extremely long, empty/dirty dishes were not removed from the table at the same time, always a lapse before the table was cleared, just felt a lack of interest from our waiter. Two of us ordered a bottle of white wine and we were asked to wait to receive it, as, "it needed to be chilled a little more", so the other guests having the wine paring started their tasting before we received our wine. Bread served to us was stale and hard (this upset me the most), crabmeat appetizer was more cucumber than crabmeat, there was sand in the scallop, the beef was mediocre and not served at the temperature requested. This was unacceptable and I expected the service and quality of food to be on par with their charges. We all agreed that Rahway cannot compete with NYC restaurants and will travel to the City for fine food.
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