This spring, a new restaurant is blossoming in Lambertville. Much like it's name, the cuisine at Brian's is inspired by simplicity, serving the rustic country fare of Provence and Northern Italy. Brian's atmosphere blends white-table cloth elegance with some casual touches- a single fresh flower on each table, a wood-burning oven, breakfast offerings on the weekends, and friendly approachable servers. The blend make for both a unique and enjoyable dining experience.
The menu offers both casual and high end choices- from pizzas to handmade pastas to lamb shank- making it a good choice for a small group dining experience. Since Brian's is BYOB, you can further set the mood for the evening by bringing along beers or wines to match your taste.On a late Sunday afternoon, we decided to sample a variety of dishes at Brian's. The meal began with a strong statement, the decadent mushroom, leek, and truffle soup (pictured below). This soup alone would bring me back to the restaurant.
Next up, we sampled the Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella pizza. The pizza did not leave as strong as an impression as the soup, but it was nonetheless tasty and the perfect for sharing.
Finally, we finished the meal off with the sea scallop in wild mushroom risotto (pictured below). The scallop was pan seared to perfection and well-complimented by the creamy wild mushroom sauce.
ABOUT THE CHEF
After graduation in 1995, Brian developed his skills and cooking style in regional kitchens including The River Club in New Brunswick, NJ, before opening Juliana Rose in Richboro, PA in 2001.
In 2007 he opened Rouget in historic Newtown Township in Bucks County, PA. Rouget soon became a regional favorite for many diners. The affordable combination of a prix fixe menu and a BYOB option made higher end french country food accessible to mid-range spenders.
Now, Brian is committed to a change: a change of location, style, and menu. He has taken his skills to Lambertville, NJ to a new BYOB restaurant called, simply, Brian's. The setting is less formal with an exposed kitchen and a wood fired oven. The feel is more intimate. And the menu is profoundly influenced by the rustic country fare of Provence and Northern Italy. One thing has not changed: dinner at Brian's remains an unbeatable combination of great food and superb value.
Every Tuesday through Thursday, Brian offers three courses as part of a $30 prix fixe.
Brian's is at 9 Kline's Court in Lambertville, NJ.