Almost a year after Lambertville’s Cafe Galleria closed their doors due to Hurricane Irene flooding, husband and wife team, Dennis Foy and Estella Quinones, found the perfect home for their latest restaurant- D‘floret.
While many restauranteurs would cower at utilizing such a small space with an open kitchen, D’floret embraced it. The intimate 28-seat restaurant is a modern elegantly lit stage, featuring an open kitchen and adjoining dining room that exhibit the chef’s dual passions: Foy’s paintings and culinary mastery. The restaurant features a small menu using fresh, local ingredients.
The space is accented by a floor to ceiling Black Walnut Nakashima panel, lighting by Ayala Serfaty, the Israeli artist, with Arnie Jacobsen modern Classic chairs, finishing the sleek warm welcoming room.
With several restaurants in New Jersey and New York, Chef Dennis Foy is aptly known as a founding father of American Cuisine, and has been at the forefront of the farm-to-table culinary movement since the early 1970s. In Bucks & Hunterdon county, there is no shortage of fantastic food from local farms at Foy’s disposal.
We visited D’floret on a busy Friday evening in Lambertville. With only 28 seats available, we recommend calling ahead to make a reservation. Upon arrival, we were graciously welcomed by owner Estella Quinones and promptly greeted by our waiter. The restaurant is a BYOB so be sure to bring along your drink of choice or stop by the nearby World of Wines, which is just one block away and also includes an extensive beer selection.
Our party sampled a variety of appetizers, which ranged from $12 to $15 – perfectly cooked sauteed gnocchi with mushrooms, locally grown beef steak tomato & avocado, and crab spring rolls (pictured in order below). The gnocchi was a stand-out – perfect in texture, delicately balanced in a velvety mushroom cream sauce and topped with fresh parmigiana.
Next up were the entrees, primarily fixed at $24 with certain dishes, such as the scallops, served at market price. Our table decided on the classic veal bolognese, seared scallops over mashed cauliflower, and salmon over a garden ratatouille (pictured below).
Each dish was cooked to perfection; our only regret being that we didn’t leave enough room for dessert! To complete your delicious D’Floret dining experience, we recommend the locally roasted espresso from the nearby Rojo’s Roastery. Bon appetit!