Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant
Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant
3475 Route 9
A & M Shopping Plaza
Freehold, NJ 07728
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Note: Four star Rating System from
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One of Freehold's top BYOB restaurants for servi ce
Menu items are creatively prepared
On site, convenient parking
Seafood items are below the quality of other items
Noise Level: Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy creative, well prepared food in an attractive setting with very good service.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer basic food with a more traditional American menu
Recommended dishes: When available, The Lamb Shank with Roasted Potatoes & Lemon Relish with Greek Yogurt Sauce; The New Zealand Rack of Lamb in a port wine reduction with Cranberry Polenta; and the Black Angus Hanger Steak
Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant, located in a small strip mall on Rt 9 N, this is perhaps one of Freehold's best kept dining secrets.
Owned and operated by Chef Ash Elmenshawy, originally a lawyer from Egypt, he emigrated to the USA and proceeded to become a self-taught chef, He learned the restaurant trade by working in a variety of restaurants, starting at the bottom in virtually all positions, working his way up Chef. Prior to opening the Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant he was the Executive Chef at La Cipollina in Freehold.
Chef Ash is very creative in putting out a well prepared Mediterranean menu influenced by cuisines from Italy, France, Spain, Morocco and Greece using. using healthy, fresh ingredients.
While overall, the quality of food is very good ---- the preparation of the seafood dishes tends to be below the quality of the other dishes, The Branzino is cooked without the bone, losing some of the flavor and moisture or softness with cooking whole retains. Salmon dishes tend to be over cooked
The decor is attractively done up with earth tone walls adorned with replicas of violins, copper pots and mirrors. Candle-lit tables are beautifully set with linen cloths and napkins.
The service was well attended to by a well trained, young wait staff working together as a team. They are friendly, attentive , and knowledgeable.
Chef Ash is hands and often can be found out in the dining area overseeing the wait staff and talking to diners to ensure their dining experience is a pleasurable one.
The dining experience begins on a positive note with a complimentary serving of creamy house-made hummus and warm pita.
Chef Ash also hosts monthly cooking classes in the restaurant. A great way to gain some insight and in acquiring some new kitchen skills
Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant is open six days/week.
for Lunch Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Friday 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Lunch & Dinner, Saturday 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm & Sunday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
(updated February, 2016)
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