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Rosie notes that this highly regarded restaurant is offering a discount for those paying cash. Print the coupon and bring it along.

 

Sample from their menu:

 

Marinated Fig and White Raisin Tart with Gorgonzola and Candied Shallots Topped with Salad or Shaved Prosciutto, Fennel, and Arugula with Sweet Balsamic Syrup and Chestnut Jus

 

Sliced Filet Mignon Tenderloin with Toasted Walnut Creamy Blue Cheese Bread, Baby Arugula, Endive, and Radicchio Topped with Ginger Pear Chutney, Drizzle of Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

 

Smoked Duck Carpaccio Topped with Brie Foam, Shaved Fennel, Baby Arugula Salad with Rosemary Poached Pears and Black Pepper Honeyed White Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

Chicken Quesadilla with Grilled Cumin Onions, Roasted Corn and White Cheddar Topped with Guacamole, Tomato Jam, and Baby Mache Drizzled with Onion Lime Sour Crème and Tabasco Mayonnaise

 

Pan Seared Beef Strip Loin and Shrimp with Candied Shallots, Goat Cheese Fritter, Peanut Stay and Mango Vinaigrette Topped with Shoestring Potato Nest

 

 

News

 

Matisse site and coupon

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This is an excellent way to lose your status as an American Express member.

 

? AmEx will whack the owners ? Matisse no longer accepts Discover or Travelers checks, so I suppose AmEx could be next on their list. Several people seemed to be paying with cash, not always an easy thing at $100 per person or so.

 

I had dinner there this evening, on the 15% off deal. Delightful meal, will write it up on Saturday.

 

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Amex has a pretty strongly worded policy on merchants "encouraging" one form of payment over another. You could, in theory, lose your merchants status for something like this. You might be able to avoid it, since they are encouraging cash over ALL CCs. But encouraging Visa or MC over AMEX is automatic bye bye if they find out. People are doing it because merchant processing rates have become criminal. AMEX leading the way of course.

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The menu is set up with grazing plates, perhaps half way between an appetizer and an entree in size. Three plates for $60, four plates for $75, etc. Dessert counts as a plate'

 

Smoked Duck Carpaccio Topped with Brie Foam, Shaved Fennel, Baby Arugula Salad with Rosemary Poached Pears and Black Pepper Honeyed White Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

This was a very successful dish. Thin, pastrami like slices of pink duck breast fanned on the plate, with tastes of tart and sweet.

 

 

Black Peppered Tuna Loin, Tempura Green Beans, Pineapple Crab Fried Rice with Green Onion Toasted Macadamia Nuts, Drizzled with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Passion Fruit Vinaigrette

 

Liked this as well. Two substantial pieces of tuna, with a fine sear on the edge and lots of pepper in the crust. Dee liked the rice, which was generously flecked with pieces of crab and onions, topped with the nuts.

 

Cuban Reuben with Roasted Pork Loin, Shaved Parma Ham, Dill Pickle, Swiss Cheese Topped with Grilled Spicy Sausage, Fried Onions and Hot Mustard Vinaigrette

 

My favorite of the night. Exactly as described, with a think piece of pressed bread on either side. The sausage on top didn't do anything for the dish.

 

 

Panko Crusted Crabcakes with Black Bean Corn Salsa, Guacamole, Calamari and Corn Tortilla with Chipotle Lime Crème

 

Dee's favorite. A big, golfball sized cake served on a bed of the salsa and tortilla. Another piece of tortilla was arranged like a sail. Lots of crab, minimal filler.

 

 

Pan Seared Garlic Glazed shrimp, Fried Crab Potsticker, Zucchini Tempura, Dollop of Roasted Tomato Onion Jam and Asiago Cheese Crème

 

One of the few failures of the night. No pop, minimal taste, the potsticker was eh.

 

 

Service was superb. Observant, not intrusive, pacing was excellent. There were a number of serious wine drinkers in the house. The table for five opposite us had several 1996 first growths. We were in the garden, which was delightful and pretty full by 7.30pm

 

We BYO'd the 2007 Julienas from Michel Tete, by way of Joe Dressner.

 

The price came to $150 with the discount, which was offered to everyone. We tipped on the original price, and felt it was an excellent value.

 

Dessert write up to follow

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Panko Crusted Crabcakes with Black Bean Corn Salsa, Guacamole, Calamari and Corn Tortilla with Chipotle Lime Crème

 

Dee's favorite. A big, golfball sized cake served on a bed of the salsa and tortilla. Another piece of tortilla was arranged like a sail. Lots of crab, minimal filler.

 

 

Pan Seared Garlic Glazed shrimp, Fried Crab Potsticker, Zucchini Tempura, Dollop of Roasted Tomato Onion Jam and Asiago Cheese Crème

 

One of the few failures of the night. No pop, minimal taste, the potsticker was eh.

Thanks. We have been talking about taking advantage of this deal next week. Those two were at the top of my list. DIsappointing to hear about the shrimp, but forwarned is forewarmed. Or is it forearmed? Something like that.

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Coupon is on the events page. http://www.cafematisse.com/events.html

 

The discount for cash deal has been extended, at least through the end of next week (the 12th), per the restaurant.

 

Also, they've changed the Saturday night reservations policy to allow reservations to be made only in the week of the Saturday desired. And, the website now clarifies that reservations for the garden are not accepted, it will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

Cafe Matisse

 

 

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Montclair Times notes the owners of Matisse have considered a move to Montclair.

 

The location didn't fly, however. It's tight, has few parking spaces, and is on a sharp curve. He wouldn't be able to bring his package store license along with him, either.

 

I wonder if the owner would consider the location of Mediterranean Rose in Caldwell?

 

http://www.northjersey.com/food_dining/187247181_No_appetite_for_new_bistro__Montclair_board_discourages_restaurateur_form_buying_Watchung_Ave__site_for_new_bistro.html

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Montclair Times notes the owners of Matisse have considered a move to Montclair.

 

The location didn't fly, however. It's tight, has few parking spaces, and is on a sharp curve. He wouldn't be able to bring his package store license along with him, either.

 

I wonder if the owner would consider the location of Mediterranean Rose in Caldwell?

 

http://www.northjersey.com/food_dining/187247181_No_appetite_for_new_bistro__Montclair_board_discourages_restaurateur_form_buying_Watchung_Ave__site_for_new_bistro.html

 

A tipster mentioned to me that the location of Mediterranean Rose will become an artisan upscale pizza etc restaurant. Joining the 12 or so other pizza restaurants which are doing quite well in Caldwell.

 

A tipster mentioned to Baristanet, that the proposed Zimmerman location of Matisse would be an additional location, that Rutherford would remain open. That varies from the report in the Montclair Times / NorthJersey.com which projected a relocation.

 

Either way, it will be a while before anything transpires. (I wonder if anything is going on with the Charlie Brown's location alongside the Bellevue Theater in upper Montclair? Nice space, but it may be too big for what they want to do. Acres of parking, though.)

 

http://www.baristanet.com/2013/01/cafe-matisse-almost-comes-to-montclair/

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Elisa Ung reaffirms her four star rating for Matisse, originally issued in 2008. She says it is the only four star grant she has awarded.

 

 

http://www.northjersey.com/food-and-dining-news/restaurant-reviews/the-head-of-the-class-acts-1.1057332

 

Classic and well deserved. There are a few restaurants that just stand the test of time, and Cafe Matisse has been what now -- 15 years?

 

Glad to see they are still doing it, and doing it very well. I am looking forward to getting back there very soon.

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Once again...still doing it and still doing with excellence...

 

Not that many places in NJ that have stood the test of time at such a high level. You may not like it, but you can certainly see how it would end up on almost everyone's "short list" or "best of" lists.

 

Do they still have the "package store" license...or do you strictly BYO? Thanks.

 

Thanks Paul.

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The new space is in the former liquor store, on the left as you enter from the street. I don't know if they moved the license or sold it.

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