I could make this the shortest review Ive ever penned using only our frequent word of the night 'AMAZING'
Or I could use our other words of description such as marvelous, delicious, perfection You get the idea….
You all know I love a positive review so I buckled right down to share this one with you.
Upon arrival the wait staff was polite, cheerful, and the dining room only had two other tables occupied.
Decor is classy and not overdone…..just the right flair and balance…. Nice background music that lulls you into a comfortable feeling…..
Menu: Found on line and something for everyone. Trust me. EVERYONE. Affordable pricing for what you are receiving. (The Most expensive entree was $32.50 )
*There is a bar menu. Please go to their website at http://twistedolivebethlehem.com/aboutUs.html
You all know, from numerous past reviews, Im a martini girl, (and proud of it), so when I saw that their signature drink was a martini…I was … oh so in…. It is a cocktail made from Hophead Vodka, Lillet Blanc, Orange bitters and a lemon twist. I smiled from start to finish..Not sweet, not bitter….in MY humble opinion, one of the most perfect cocktails Ive ever had the pleasure to enjoy. EVER….( I WILL order this again next time..and there WILL be a next time ) Ive found a rare treasure in this establishment.
Others in our party sampled the 'Atta Girl' which consisted of Chamomile infused Tequila, Lemon, Cucumber syrup, and Sparkling wine. (Not MY personal favorite, but others seemed to find it quite nice )
On to the next cocktail ( We did have a Limo driver for the night so felt at ease to imbibe a bit more than usual….:) Other favorites were the
'El Guapo': Mezcal, Tomatillo and Jalapeño, Lime, Agave, Pilsner beer (yep) and a House chili Lime Rim…. ( I didn't even want to go there but the gentleman who ordered it seemed pleased )
Lastly, the 'Forty-Niner' was sampled (and finished): Bourbon, Lavender Honey, Lemon (When I have my next 'cold' will have a great excuse to replicate this one….)
In other words, there is a lovely list of beverages to suit all palates.
On to the food!!!!
I love tapas restaurants so decided to just try a couple of their appetizers for my main meal.
My party consisted of four of us, including my friend, Michelle, who until recently owned a fine dining establishment, and currently owns the top Bridal Bakery in the area..she 'knows' food.
She didn't, tho, realize when she ordered the Steak on a stone that she would ' gasp! - have to cook her own dinner…. Remember, she has owned a restaurant so has had no need to cook… she was a sport about it. Her beautiful filet mignon arrived..as well as a 650 degree stone to sear it on….Her words "I never cook, and I come to a fine new restaurant, order the most expensive meal on the menu, and have to cook it myself?!"
But….she loved it…..the meat seared beautifully… then one just cuts off a bite sized piece and places it on the stone to finish cooking to any 'doneness' preferred to then pop the heavenly meat into your watering mouth….She was in heaven…(And proved to us she can, indeed, cook )
One comment: The hot stone caused our table to warm up a bit and the smoke was a small distraction, but well worth it for all of us as it was interesting to say the least…even with a little coughing, a lot of laughing, and ample staring from the few patrons dining at nearby tables.
Swordfish: (Special of the night) which was described as delicious with a hint of a lovely spice that added to the flavor.
The Bacon Wrapped Pork was a masterpiece.
The appetizers I sampled (as a meal) were just what one would expect to whet an appetite for a top notch meal to come.
The Twisted Olives: Sausage and Parmesan stuffed olives, and the Grilled Artichokes with a Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette on a bed of spinach. Beautiful.
Definitely a lovely find..ONLY (very small) negative was that the wait for the meal was a little long, especially with only a few tables filled..But WORTH the wait and a lovely place to leisurely enjoy a cocktail on a date night. Don't let this deter you from coming to enjoy the Twisted Olive ( Gotta love the name…)
Lastly, one of the high points of the night was our Server, Noelle ( Whom we later learned has quite the background in business and baking…)She would explain, with gusto, some of the recipes as well as some future dishes being perfected for future visits!) She informed us that many of the herbs and vegetables were from the private garden of Chef Steve Kershner. Noelle became a welcomed member of our dinner party and we would have loved her seated in the extra chair at our table! This establishment is lucky to have such a professional and warm staff member.
From Chef Steve Kershner's Twisted Olive Home Page:
"Twisted Olive's name is a spinoff of a restaurant in Baltimore, "Black Olive", which happens to be the owners', Steve and Sherri Kershner, favorite restaurant. Steve and Sherri wanted the name of their restaurant to convey a fun, approachable, and unpretentious image to the public. The style of cuisine at Twisted Olive could be classified as casual-bistro style cuisine with a world twist. Chef Steve decided to go that route with his menus so as not to limit himself or the restaurant."
May I be the first to thank you, and congratulate you. Well done. Possibly the new 'Best Restaurant' in the Lehigh Valley..oh what the heck…,one of the best restaurants. Period. See you soon and start preparing my martini, ok?
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