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Azure by Allegretti
French chef Alain Allegretti’s seafood restaurant brings a touch of southern France to the Jersey Shore. The breezy, sophisticated and glamorous space dazzles, but Allegretti keeps the menu simple and puts the focus on the freshness of the day’s catch. A thoughtful sommelier checks in throughout the meal and provides spot-on pairing suggestions, such as creamy west coast oysters with a French rosé. It all feels very St Tropez. Order the charred octopus appetizer, prepared perfectly so its tenderness contrasts with the accompanying faro, artichoke and fava bean salad. Or try the lobster salad, its claws fanned out over chilled potatoes and French green beans. For the main course, opt for one of the whole roasted and filleted fish options, such as the branzino to share. The seafood risotto, loaded with shrimp, lobster, clams and scallops is plenty creamy, but by infusing the dish with seafood stock it stays surprisingly light.
The summer brunch parties start at noon and go until 5pm every Saturday at this music-heavy American grill, with a giant pink neon sign that reads, “This Must Be the Place”, pop art prints all over the walls and DJs spinning mash-ups all day. The party serves up hired dancers and a special menu that includes tableside “Bloody Hell” bottle service; it comes with a bottle of premium vodka and tequila plus all the fixings to customize a Bloody Mary. The menu leans towards comfort food favourites made with gourmet ingredients: sliders use Kobe beef, fries are drizzled with truffle oil, and lobster makes an appearance in the mac and cheese.