The Squirt: Excellent upscale restaurant with a stylish inviting atmosphere and great food
Must Eat: Char-Broiled 12 oz. New York Strip; The Wine!
3 West is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, an upscale picturesque community in Somerset County. We always enjoy exploring Somerset County at all times of the year. Today, we ventured out for dinner at 3 West, which is located right next door to its brother restaurant, Ciao. They are both part of the Harvest Restaurant Group which operates several wonderful upscale restaurants within the central-northern part of New Jersey. We have been to 3 West before and had an excellent experience there and today was just as terrific.
When you walk into 3 West, you immediately notice the atmosphere. The restaurant is warm and inviting and there is a real wood-burning fireplace (two-sided) situated right in the middle of the restaurant, adding to its character. There is plenty of dark wood, brick and very artsy accents, which all combine to create a very classy feel to the restaurant. The bar area is large and quite impressive with high ceilings and plenty of seating surfaces to enjoy cocktails and wine.
The service at 3 West is always very professional and efficient, and the restaurant offers a wonderfully extensive wine list with many top-notch wines. We have purchased several of the wines that we’ve enjoyed at Harvest Restaurant Group’s restaurants, after we have left there. They are that excellent!
Our server for the evening was Adam, who was friendly and professional. We ordered a totally excellent red wine blend from the Mendoza Region of Argentina for the evening, named Enamore. It was one of the best wines we have had- so smooth on the tongue and simply delicious. Adam decanted the wine for us in a stylish bulbous wine decanter, which added to the wine experience. In case you are wondering which wines were part of the blend, they are: 60% Malbec, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah and 3% Bonarda. This wine was truly exceptional and is definitely on our wine shopping list.
For appetizers, we all decided on salads. Ria ordered the Mixed Salad, while Ren and I ordered the Caesar Salad. I must say that the Caesar dressing was absolutely delicious.
For dinner, Ria ordered the Pan Seared Dayboat Scallops, served with Potato Gratin, instead of the Risotto that usually accompanies it. The scallops were delicious and the potatoes were excellent. Ren and I were both in the mood for steak that evening, so we both ordered the Char-Broiled 12 oz. New York Strip Steak, prepared medium rare. It was served with Braised Spinach, Garlic Confit (yummy), Tempura Onion Rings and Potato Gratin. The steak was perfectly prepared and rich in flavor. The onion rings were awesome and the potatoes were delicious. Being that I am a garlic fiend, Ren gave me his share and I gobbled them up, single-handedly. Wow!
Our experience that night was really enjoyable and the food was truly delicious as always. Earlier in the day, when we were deciding on where to eat for dinner, we were craving a place with atmosphere. We immediately thought of 3 West, as it is in our list of top places with a warm upscale atmosphere. When we made our reservation, we requested to be near the fireplace, and that really added to our warm and cozy experience.
We highly recommend 3 West, as well as Ciao next door. Harvest Restaurant Group really knows how to operate successful restaurants. We are definitely looking forward to experiencing all of the others in their group. Look for a future review of Ciao.