We have dined at Fernando's since they first opened in Robbinsville NJ. When they relocated to downtown Hightstown we were happy to see that they settled in a larger space that could accommodate more diners on the busy Friday and Saturday nights since at times we were unable to get a table without an advance reservation on a Saturday night. Fernando does a very good job and prepares great meals. Starting with his soups, they are all very good but the Wild Mushroom Soup is to die for, just that good. All of his appetizers are well prepared and very good, although I don't eat mussels I can't help but think how much those that do are enjoying the heaping bowl of mussels that he serves.
I can much recommend so many of his entree's but since I no longer eat red meat I will start with my current favorites. The Crabcakes are some of the best I have ever had outside of the Chesapeake Bay area, the Seared Sea Scallops over rice are delicious, perfectly seared and almost to pretty to eat. I have had his Tilapia cajun style with Shrimp and encrusted with Sesame, both very good and perfectly prepared, I can't choose one over the other. The chicken entree's are not the usual so-so choices, prepared as Picatta, Francaise or with Portabella mushrooms are all delicious, I have had each many times. The mashed potatoes' are served Yukon style or Wasabi style and although I have never had the later others love them. I guess its best to look at the menu online because the are many great choices including Filet Mignon, NY Strip Steak and Ribs that I haven't had in a while but were all delicious when I had them in my meat eating days of the past.
Service has always been good and the host Marcello is quick to open your wine (its BYOB) and get a server to your table. They serve home made bread is served warm with a nice presentation of butter but we always have to ask for more butter, it looks pretty fancy but a small portion.
This place fills up the end of the week and on Saturday nights so I recommend a reservation for Friday or Saturday and Sunday seems to get quite busy as well. My recommendation is give this place a try, I think you will pleasantly surprised, we love it!
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