#SCBDReview: First Look at the [email protected] & Festhalle!

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We were some of the lucky people to get to experience this new addition to the Asbury Park restaurant scene a few days prior to actual opening, the new Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten. Trust us, you are in for a treat, this place is going to be a Jersey Shore dining destination this Spring & Summer. 

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What a night we had!

 As we walked in we were greeted at the door and tried to absorb the whole place. Big, no….HUGE. High ceilings, industrial walls and long tables with benches. Easily could fit 10 at a table. I immediately felt transported out of NJ. Think somewhere in Germany?

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They had a well-organized set up for this unique evening. As we arrived we were shown 3 glass pitchers and were told to pick an appetizer from one and 2 entrees from another and a dessert from the last. Our picks were to be our dinner for the night.

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As we were seated, we were told to let our server know if there were any allergies to be concerned about. Nice point. On the table were 2 menus with extensive beer and wine choices, and 1 menu that will eventually be the regular menu.

Our server, Amanda, took wonderful care of us all night. She asked us if we wanted a drink and who could pass up trying one of the many choices on the menus. She was very knowledgeable when I mentioned what kind of beer I liked and suggested one that was right on the money. For Arlene, it was a beer with notes of coffee and cocoa, not sweet, but hearty. For me, a more pale ale that had hints of honey in it. 

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 While we were enjoying the beers and the atmosphere, she sent in our appetizer order. We had picked out the Festhalle salad. It had kale, other greens, pickled cabbage, yellow raisins, feta cheese and candied walnuts and this was topped with a wine dressing. So great to have the vinegary pickled cabbage and candied walnuts together. OOO, yum. Definitely an appetizer we recommend sharing with friends!

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 While we waited for our entrée we chatted with others at our table and even though they had some dietary issues, they said they had no problem finding something great on the menu. When our entrees arrived we dug in, the salad and beer had whet our appetites. Arlene had the chicken wurst, which came with sauerkraut, German potato salad, a slice of rye bread and two kinds of mustard, grainy and hot. I thoroughly enjoyed both.  I had the Sauerbraten, this came with baby carrots, dumplings and pickled cabbage. It was so delicious and a perfect portion, not too much and not too little. Both plates disappeared along with our beers.

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 For dessert we had picked the Chocolada, which was a chocolate cake. Now I hear ya saying, “Oh, just another piece of chocolate cake”, but NO, this was light and sweet, but not cloyingly sweet, like many are. This was a chocolate cake to remember and a great way to end a great meal.

We highly recommend you check it out once they open. Locals don’t forget to sign up for their mailing list to get all the latest news! I know I cannot wait to go back!!! Prost!

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