119 Fayette St.
Rating: 3 out of 5 silver spoons
Overview: Popular new BYOB eatery in the heart of Conshohocken.
Food: Eclectic continental cuisine that borrows from various regional influences. Dishes include filet with wild mushrooms and fingerling potatoes, lamb with summer squash and spinach in rosemary oil and grilled trout with spring vegetables. The most appealing dish was the pistachio-crusted salmon over Israeli couscous with bok choy. Although I ordered the fish medium and it was served much closer to rare, it was very succulent, highlighted by the roasted chunks of pistachio. Overall the menu was a bit limited — only 5 or 6 entree choices (also some pasta choices available). Unless they expand the menu, a dining experience here in the future could hinge on the specials that night — unfortunately neither of the entree specials this particular night were appealing to our party.
Ambiance: Very loud, very dark room — similar to a chic old city lounge. Summer diners beware — it was a humid night outside — and in. There is also a nice sidewalk dining area, gated off with several wooden tables — a big addition to the Conshohocken dining scene.
Service: The restaurant had only been open a few weeks, and they clearly were still growing into their sudden popularity. We had to wait a good 10 minutes before a waiter approached our table to open the wine and serve water. (This is a pet peeve — I don’t mind waiting to order, but PLEASE open my wine right away — once I’m sipping the sweet nectar all is right again!) On the other hand, we were seated for our reservation immediately (although it is a sad commentary on the restaurant business to say that this was unexpected), and everyone was extremely nice and courteous.
Value: Entrees are a bit pricey — an alarming trend at suburban BYOBs — but it is still a BYOB, so value is decent. Filet runs $29 and the Lamb is $28, although the fishes were in the low $20s, a bit more reasonable. Although we did not order a salad, I did notice that their prices were exorbitant, upwards of $12 for a simple romaine. Pasta starters were more reasonable, around $8.
# of times we’ve eaten there: 1