It was a dark and stormy night. Truly it was. This winter just wouldn’t let up on us down the Jersey Shore. And so it was on a dark, rainy night with impending snow that Sara and I went to visit the Langosta Lounge. Arriving at the entrance right on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park is pretty cool even in the nastiest of weather. A weeknight in bad weather in the winter, we were lucky enough to snag a table with a view of the Boardwalk and ocean. But the place filled up shortly after we were seated.
What a unique place. Vacation inspired cuisine. I know that means the chef-owners vacations, but just going there is like a vacation away from your everyday. If you haven’t been yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Ahh,maybe you wanted to read my review first?
We started with one of their house inspired cocktails each. I had The Fashionista- Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, triple sec, fresh lime & cranberry because I love grapefruit juice and Absolut so I was starting as a happy camper. Sara had The Market Mojito- Fresh mint and strawberries; she tries to make her drinks healthy too. A little fruit, fresh, and that muddled mint. Can you smell it yet? They also have a unique wine offering. It is wine on tap. I know you are thinking, must be crappy stuff. But quite to the contrary, it is wine from France. In May, there should be a sampling evening.
They brought out their breadsticks and sundried tomato butter. So much better than plain butter, ya know? Then we tried a few appetizers. We had Thai street food, not what you think, unless you’ve been to Thailand. These were steamed Chinese buns with braised short rib and kimchi. So delicious.
It was then that Marilyn Schlossbach, the Executive chef here, popped out to say hello. This is no ordinary woman, I know I could write quite a few pages about her alone. Suffice it to say, she runs numerous restaurants, does work in many communities, and is raising twin toddlers. So, I asked her where her Superwoman cape was? She is a passionate woman and it is obvious in her restaurant.
Back to the food. We had lobster esquite on a stick. We had Cuban corn and curry lobster. We had Tuscan sausage with greens, cheese and white beans and then topped it off with Lobster Carbonara Pizza. Oh, yeah, we just had appetizers! Yikes, was there room for dessert? After we were told about the Passionfruit Pannacotta cheesecake and Jennies moms cookie sundae, we said YES. Coffee? Sure. So pleased when it came in a full sized mug. Perfect to wrap our hands around on this damp night. And the desserts were as delicious as they were beautiful.
So, if you haven’t been, you MUST go. And if you have been, when are you going back?
SCBD’s POV: Before Arlene and I dined at Langosta Lounge this last time, we actually went 4 years ago for my 21st birthday, it was also before Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. I didn’t understand food like I do now so I didn’t exactly appreciate it but I knew the food was great. I’m so happy we came back when we did. Langosta Lounge is owned by Chef/Restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach, She owns a few restaurants in the area including Pop’s Garage, a traditional Mexican concept next door. Langosta Lounge’s theme is based around food that Marilyn has ate on vacation and the dishes range from Thai Street Food to Lobster Carbonara Pizza. It’s definitely creative comfort food. As Arlene mentioned the Mixology program is phenomenal. Her Fashionista cocktail was a great mix of vodka and juices. My mojito was great too, you could taste how fresh the ingredients are. The desserts were just as delicious and perfectly prepared as dinner was. The cookie sundae was great but I really loved the Passion Fruit Pannacotta cheesecake, it knocked me off my feet.
They also have a lot of events going on that support different charities and the community, check them out, here.
Planning to go to the shore this Spring or Summer? Make sure you make Langosta Lounge one of your dining destinations.
Find out other restaurant’s Marilyn owns, here.
Dined there already? Tweet us @ArleneGaona & @Smchickbigdeals and let us know what you thought of it!
*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for our meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*