136 Baldwin Rd.
Baldwin Plaza at the corner of Route 46 and Baldwin Road
Open for lunch Monday thru Friday
Open for dinner 7 nights
Plenty of parking
Dining room available for private parties on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
Chef-Owner Matthew Pierone is a culinary school graduate and the recipient of numerous awards for his culinary skills including being named in 2013 and 2014 to the Best Chefs America Book. After having trained at some of New Jersey's best restaurants, in 2007 he realized his dream by buying his own restaurant, the Gourmet Cafe. We first knew Matt at The Huddle Inn in Fairfield where he worked as a chef back when we were the owners of that restaurant. We then followed him to Eccola in Parsippany and later tracked him down to his new place.
We first went to the Gourmet Cafe shortly after it opened. On that visit we walked in on a Saturday night and just about had the place to ourselves. We knew that wouldn’t last long. Now eight years later when we walked in early on a Saturday night, the place was full. We were lucky to get a table on reserve because we promised we wouldn’t linger.
The decor is casual and simply but nicely decorated. There is original art on the walls and soft lighting. Tables are covered with linen tablecloths and topped with glass. The restaurant offers a terrific lunch menu, including sandwiches, salads and pasta. The dinner menu includes a wide variety of choices without being overwhelming. Daily specials are also offered each evening. Several homemade desserts must not be skipped. The service is outstanding.
We began with the Crispy Portobello Mushroom appetizer which was topped with artichoke hearts, pignoli nuts, and goat cheese, then drizzled with a balsamic dressing. Delicious!
|Crispy Portobello Mushroom|
|Capellini with Shrimp|