Desi's / North Caldwell, NJ
11 Bloomfield Ave
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Open Monday - Saturday
Opens at 5:00 PM
Bar opens at 4:30 PM
Takes reservations by phone or at the website
Live Entertainment on weekends
Available for Parties
We'd been waiting for several months to try Desi's. Although we were anxious to stop in, we like to wait a few months before we visit a new restaurant. It's not unusual for a new place to have some kinks to work out. We like to allow some time for those kinks to get resolved. We went for our first visit on a Thursday. If Desi's did have any kinks, they've been ironed out.
The chefs at Desi’s are highly trained. And it shows. Head Chef Kenneth West and his assistant chefs pay as much attention to the appearance of the dishes as to the taste.
The restaurant is still new and has the glow of newness. The dining room has attractive wood floors and wood tables as well as curved red leather booths along two walls. Good-looking glassware and silverware add some sparkle to the tables. Unlike at a lot of restaurants, diners here are given fresh silver with each course.
We thought the service was excellent. Our table was ready at the time we’d booked for. The manager came over to our table and introduced himself to us. Our waitress was delightful, full of smiles and good cheer. She was attentive without being intrusive. The courses were served in a timely manner, neither too fast nor too slow.
We sat in the dining room but could see through to the bar which had a lively after-work crowd sitting at the bar and at the high top tables. There’s a separate menu for Bar Snacks. It consists of seven items such as Bacon Grit Fritters, a Jersey Pretzel, and a Desi Burger.
The Dinner Menu includes Raw Bar items and On the Half Shell items, all of which seem to be popular offerings here. Then there is also an interesting assortment of Starters to choose from. The Pasta part of the menu includes three items. The Main Entrees part of the menu includes ten dishes, several fish items among them. The menu is limited and there are no daily specials, but we easily found something to tempt us in each course.
Bread was served along with oil which seemed to be unseasoned. This was the only item that seemed a bit flat to us.
For starters we had an order of clams on the half shell. These were very fresh and came with two sauces.
|Clams on the Half Shell|
|Romaine Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing|
|Chicken with Black-Eyed Peas|
|Brownie Bread Pudding|
|Cheesecake with Amaretti Crust|
We very much enjoyed our first visit to Desi's. We recommended the restaurant to our daughter and son-in-law who stopped in several nights later and also gave three cheers for Desi’s. We’ll all be back again soon.