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Cafe Panache, Ramsey, NJ: A Restaurant Review

Cafe Panache, Ramsey, NJ
Cafe Panache
130 E. Main St. (Franklin Tpke.)
Ramsey, NJ 07446

Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Eclectic / Int'l

Price: Expensive

Food Quality: 3 Stars

Service: 3 Stars

Ambiance: 3 Stars

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Uses locally grown farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and free-range grass-fed live stock.

Noise Level: Moderate

Dress: Upscale Casual

Recommended For: BYOB diners who enjoy an excellent Eclectic / Int'l menu prepared with fresh farm to table ingredients.

Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer a traditional American menu in a family oriented casual setting.

Recommended dishes: When available, The House made Filet Mignon Ravioli with Truffle Butter, and Parmesan Reggiano; The Panko Crusted Halibut with wasabi-sake sauce, over black forbidden rice ; and The Garganelli Pasta with wild boar ragu, fennel pollen, and sliced sheep ricotta. .

Liquor: BYOB

Restaurant Review

Cafe Panache is a landmark, high end, BYOB restaurant. This local gem is a popular dining spot for celebrating a special occasion.

Run by Chef-owner Kevin Kohler who prior to opening this restaurant trained at the fine dining Four Seasons and the Palace in New York City, and Chez Panisse in Berkeley.

Kevin Kohler, an avid supporter of neighboring farmers, is an innovator having been one of the first chef's in New Jersey to use locally grown farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, free-range grass-fed live stock,

Grown in nearby Abma's Farm, Wyckoff, the fresh ingredients are carefully introduced to enhance the flavor of the dishes in his seasonally changing, limited eclectic menu.

This 84-seat restaurant is located in a converted house, with an attractive vestibule that opens onto a reception area adorned with gold leaf arched ceiling glitters with gold leaf. There are three separate rooms, all with a warm and inviting ambiance, comfortable chairs or banquettes, with some bistro style seating.

The service is welcoming, knowledgeable, and attentive.

Don't leave Cafe Panache without having dessert. They are made in-house. When available try the Bittersweet-Chocolate pie with tangy raspberry puree; or the Vanilla Crème Brulée.

There is also a Private Room available for dining, and plenty of on-site parking.

Cafe Panache is open six days/week from December through June,Tuesday - Sunday) and five days/week from July - November (Tuesday - Saturday)

(updated: November, 2018)

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