Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Christoph's on the Water
I've voted Christoph's as the best breakfast place in New Bern, based on my criteria (level of service, ambiance, prices, and quality of food). Four of us decided to try it for dinner.
The updating of their dining room is now complete, and the end result is lovely. There is a sophisticated, yet homey feel in the quiet space, enhanced by a row of windows that looks out over the pool and dock area.
The china closet and sideboard add to the homey feel of the dining space.
Surprisingly, for a Thursday evening, the place was almost empty. Christoph's is one of New Bern's best-kept secrets. I asked the staff if they were aware that their phone number is not easily accessible. They have no listing in the yellow pages under the restaurant heading. Oddly, they were all unaware.
After we placed our orders, we were served salads with warm rolls and butter. The rolls and butter were wonderful.
The salad was just a tad disappointing, with several wilted pieces of lettuce. I found enough fresh, crispy lettuce to eat, though, as it was a good-sized salad.
Guy and I both ordered the daily special: A tenderloin of beef with a lump crab cake, braised asparagus and Bearnaise sauce, for $22 each, including salad and rolls and butter.
The filet was cooked perfectly, the sauce was divine and the crab cake had wonderful flavor, though it did have more filler than I like. The rich sauce permeated the meal, in a good way, without detracting from the meat, seafood or veggie. I would definitely order this again.
Rita ordered the Parmesan & Herb Dusted Salmon with Portobello & Bliss Potato Hash, Wilted Greens and Charred Tomato Crema for $19. Salad was not included, but rolls and butter were. She ate every drop and said she enjoyed it.
Tom ordered the Braised Pork Shank with Sweet Potto Mash, Sugar Snap Peas and Cherry Balsamic Glaze for $20. Salad was not included, but rolls and butter were. He also ate every drop and said it was delicious.
Christoph's has an easy-to-read one-page dinner menu of Steaks, Seafood and House Specialties. Honestly, I wanted one of everything. Next time I may try the Sonoran Shrimp & Pepper Jack Grits,and Guy said he'll try the Four Peppercorn Rib Eye Steak. But I also want to try the Lobster Ravioli, the Pan Seared Grouper, the Chicken Farfalle and the Smothered Pork Chops. Heck, I want to try every single menu item. I like the fact that Christoph's has three heart-healthy menu items to pick from. We're definitely going back. Prices are in line, food is good, service is great and we love the water views. And the best part? They're open 7 days a week.
Christoph's on the Water, located in the Hilton Hotel, 100 Middle Street, 252-638-0305.
Open 7 days a week.