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Sunday, April 1, 2018
This place is an absolute rare find! Chef David Viana is truly a culinary genius with every plating more delicate than the last. With the ingredients, technique, service and passion all in perfect symphony... the meal was insane! If you don’t try the duck... you’ll literally miss one of the most amazing meals of your life!
When we want quality food we usually drive an hour into the city... this jewel of Central NJ is off the beaten path and we literally tripped over it accidentally. I’m not a food critic but I do know talent when I see it... this staff is going places! Thank you for the first in many amazing experiences with your family!
Decided to go to Heirloom Kitchen when I saw that Chef David was in the running for a James Beard award. After reading numerous reviews on Heirloom, I was really anticipating dinner as every review was 5 stars. Well, Heirloom Kitchen did not disappoint. In fact, 5 stars don't do it justice. From the restaurant ambiance to the wait staff to the food, everything was top notch and exceeded my already elevated expectations. We split 2 appetizers (octopus and pork belly) and 1 entree (duck breast) along with a side of carrots. I understand that the restaurant changes their menu with some frequency so I would run there as quickly as possible. The pork belly is sinfully good. If you like bacon, this will be by far the best piece of "bacon" you will have ever eaten. And if you don't like bacon, try the pork belly at Heirloom Kitchen and be converted. I don't want to short change the octopus either. Perfectly cooked, tender as can be with a fantastic mole sauce. Now to move on to the star of the show.......the duck breast.......seared to perfection to get that crispy skin, the way a duck breast should be cooked. Chef David and his staff take their time to meticulously prepare every aspect of each dish, whether it is treating a duck breast with the respect it deserves or placing the garnishes on each dish just right. And if you aren't sold just yet, when Chef David asked how everything was, after saying we could not have enjoyed our dinner any more, I jokingly said "if you have an extra duck breast laying around, send it my way". Much to my surprise, before we left, Chef David sent a to go box with a 1/2 of a duck breast over to our seats. And it wasn't just a slab of duck breast but expertly plated, the same way it was when we ordered it for dinner. This showed the pride that the chef and his team take in preparing all food that leaves the kitchen, even if it ends up in a to go box. We will be back soon, and for my sake, I hope the duck is still on the menu.
We were very happy with the food, service and ambiance of this farm to table byob restaurant/cooking school.
We will go back.
Great food and service. Different vibe with the chefs table and different seating. Items around for sale. Just a fun vibe Could be in Manhattan
Superb food. Great service. Cool soundtrack and ambiance. Fun for a date or group.
Creative entrees delicious!
This is a must try. Chef David has talent.
Wonderful culinary experience! Perfect evening! Will definitely return!
This was our first time at Heirloom kitchen. My wife said that we were “fifty-shaded” by the experience! Incredible dinner, incredible service and just an outrageous night. Every dish was better than the last! Just go and educate your palate! Thank you,
Craig and Colleen Robbins
We loved the food -- excellent! Unfortunately, the sound level of the music was too loud and made conversation among a table of 4 very difficult. Service was outstanding -- our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and personable! The menu is somewhat limited for those who are less adventurous, but what was there was excellent!
The ambiance, food, service and presentation was all amazing! My first time there and I would definitely recommend it. I will be returning, a great first experience.
Absolutely delicious dinner and the service was excellent! Will return again soon!
The food, ambiance and service were outstanding. We will be back!
Neilly @ Heirloom Kitchen went out of her way to rectify our discrepancy with the bill.
My overall lower rating reflects only one negative critique.
There was no mention a gratuity was included in the bill.
So after a fairly strong (and good) bottle of wine we neglected to review the bill in detail, saw an empty spot for a tip and happily provided one.
When we looked at our receipt the next morning - we realized we missed we were already charged for the gratuity. So we doubled tipped!
Take home lesson - despite great food, good wine, and overall enjoyable ambiance and experience - make sure you read your bill!
This place is one of the very best in central jersey! One of the best ducks i have ever had!
We had a great time. The staff was attentive and engaged. We talked with the chef afterwards. He has his heart in this and knows that this is the hospitality business and not just cooking food for people.
The food was very well-prepared and delicious. The portions could have been a little bit larger for the prices we were paying.
We enjoyed the open kitchen, and the friendly vibe of the staff was extraordinary. #Cynthia.....The food was to die for. I would visit Heirloom weekly. Can not wait to return!
We live an hour away from Heirloom Kitchen but decided to give it a try based on several articles written. We were not disappointed and I would even say they exceeded our expectations. Everything on the menu is absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. The service was tremendous as well. I have nothing to criticize and everything to rave about. We will be back!
First time at Heirloom. Read reviews which were outstanding. I thought the service was exceptional and friendly. The staff was knowledgable and politie. The timing of appetizers to main course was somewhat long but they warned us about that due to individualization of parties and taking care of tables one at a time. However, as soon as the main course was completed we had a dessert menu placed on our table...it wold have been more relaxing to let us digest for a few minutes.
The food was tasty,eclectic with wonderful presentation. However, I thought portions were small given the somewhat high prices for appetizers and main courses. Would have liked more choices,especially on the main entrees.
Would return but only on special occasions, not just for a night out. Thank you.
Shelly Ludwig M.D.
Took my wife for a date night here. Became a night to remember. Consider this place - homie yet classy. Overall a great experience between the atmosphere, the great knowledgeable fun staff and delicious meal. Will definitely recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a new experience.
If you ever visit, do ask for Cynthia. Best server ever!!
The food is absolutely wonderful from appetizers to dessert.
The staff is amazing.
We will be back
This was our second time there, and it was perfect. We tried something different than the first meal, and again, it exceeded expectations. I still can’t believe we have a place like this is NJ.
Love that this gem is right in our backyard!! The entire staff is beyond professional and always make us feel at home!
A can't miss for the NJ dining scene.
What a gem! Absolutely loved the experience!
Will definitely come back also would like to take cooking lessons with a group of friends that’s should be a lot of fun!! Next time I want to sit at the table next to the chef. A must vitiligo restaurant!
The food was second to none. The staff was very attentive without being over bearing. I understand why reservations are needed well in advance. I can't wait to go for a refill.
If you like duck you really need to taste theirs, unbelievably good!
Easily one of the best dining experiences in New Jersey. The staff is warm and friendly. The food is fantastic, definitely some of the best duck outside of China. Kudos to the party chef as well; desert was superb.
Unique culinary experience in NJ, absolutely enjoyed the whole experience. Server was funny and well versed on the menu, food was outstanding . Will definitely come back for dining and for the cooking classes
This place is unlike anything else. Worth the time to check out.
My 22 year old daughter said “mom that was the best meal I ever had”. I agree, the meal was great. The servers took their time and told us all about the dishes. My daughter is allergic to nuts. They made alterations to accommodate her. The owner stopped over and spoke to us. Lovely place. Great food. Wonderful service.
My husband and I decided to celebrate my son’s 10th birthday in Heirloom Kitchen. He loves everything a cool chef , delicious food and a nice place.
He just said “ mom I will never forget this experience” .
Thank you , Heirloom kitchen xoxo🎈
As always, Heirloom Kitchen was absolutely outstanding. The service, food and atmosphere are top notch and we cannot wait to go back again.
Everything is amazing - from the food to the service it is unmatched. The open kitchen allows you to watch the food being prepared while you eat. Perfect for date night. Although it is pricey, you are getting what you pay for. Not to mention it is decorated beautifully.
Second time there, this time celebrating the new year a day early...everything outstanding again! Thanks and kudos!
We love this place! We had heard about it a while ago, but seeing as how it's only open Friday to Sunday, we had wait until we had an occasion that matched up with a weekend.
The space filled up quickly on a very busy Holiday weekend and the service was not instantaneous considering the backlog, but absolutely everything from the salad to the small plates to the Main to the dessert was incredible. The servers were attentive and professional, which means they are very well trained.
Special kudos to our server, Cynthia, who was friendly, personable, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny. We left feeling as though we had a new best friend, and I will ask to sit at one of Cynthia's tables when we return.
Some may consider the menu "pricey" but terrific food that is carefully designed and well presented is worth every penny.
GREAT Classic Rock music mix (though it was a little on the loud side) made for great background.
We already have plans to take some friends, and we're planning to do that soon!
Thanks for a terrific dining experience!
Another very solid meal....the menu is alway changing which is one of the best parts about dining at Heirloom. The service is always attentive, and paced perfectly....the fact that you can BYOB makes this a great choice....the dining room is clean and elegant and just a cool vibe.
Everything we ate was delicious. My biggest complaint would be the long wait between appetizers and the main course. I would advise being patient. The food is worth waiting for and the service was attentive. Next time I would like to sit at the chef’s table to see the action up close. Loved the casual vibe of the place!
Excellent food and service It was fun to watch the food being cooked
Food was heavenly, service was top-notch. It was our best dining experience possibly EVER. I have already made another reservation. Fantastic.
Atmosphere was warm & inviting. Food was excellent. Service was impeccable. There are not enough words to describe how fantastic the service was. Will be back!