My boyfriend and I have made it our personal goal to eat our way through Morristown. I can honestly say we have eaten at a large chunk of what the town has to offer. One place that has been on our radar to try is Olive Lucy’s Kitchen Table. We had heard mixed reviews about the place but I didn’t want other people’s opinions to waver my decision to try it out.
We finally settled on going there for a date night and we were in for a pleasant surprise!
The restaurant is located across from the Hyatt in Morristown which tends to be a hassle for parking. You can use the public parking garage under the Hotel (this will cost you a couple of bucks for an hour or two) or hope to find metered street parking close to the restaurant. We went on a Sunday and were lucky to find a spot right on the street (meters don’t run on Sundays in Morristown parking was free for us!)
Upon walking in, I took a moment to assess the decor and ambiance of the place. It has features that are sleek and clean like their stainless steel open air kitchen, the white tufted seating booths, black and white print artwork and classic chandeliers. This decor is also accompanied by, what I would describe as shabby chic, adornments. Mason jar lighting offset the classic chandeliers and wooden “kitchen tables” are used as high tops on one half of the restaurant. The wall over the open air kitchen displays the urban dictionary definition for Lucy, their namesake. I really liked the contemporary yet country feel to the place. We were seated at one of the high-tops.
The cuisine is advertised as a hybrid of traditional Italian and classic Portuguese. We started off our culinary experience by ordering the Barcelona Corn Tamales at the waitress’ recommendation. We had offered up our choices and asked for her preference and I was happy we did. These weren’t traditional tamales, they were served open faced. The cornmeal filling was light, fluffy, and the hint of sweetness was just right. To balance out the sweetness of the corn flavors there was a savory lobster cream sauce that had a dash of spice from the chorizo that was in the sauce. There were also rock shrimp, a decent size piece of lobster and crispy fried green onions that gave the dish that bit of crunch it needed. This was my favorite dish of the evening.
I also called ahead to ask about their liquor policy and was informed that it was a BYOB establishment. We were informed that they will take any bottle of wine and make their house sangria with it. We chose that option and had some red sangria to pair with our meal.
I decided to keep the Portuguese theme going in my meal so I ordered Benny’s Portuguese Sausage and Clam Pasta. It featured squid ink linguine with a roasted garlic and tomato sauce (It was more like a broth) and these smoky bits of fennel that were one of the highlights of the dish for me. My only small complaint on the plate was that my clams were a bit grittier than I typically like. Overall the dish was a hit and I finished every morsel. My boyfriend was equally enthused with his Blue Claw Crab Ravioli. These were house-made and served under a jalapeño cream sauce. He of course shared a bite with me and I think my favorite part was that while you could taste the jalapeño you didn’t get the heat that it typically brings. I don’t know how they infused the flavor so well but it was appreciated.
I sometimes order dessert solely because the meal was so good I am anxious to see how their sweets compare. I am happy to say that Olive Lucy’s desserts did not disappoint. I went for the crème brulee that was made in house at the restaurant. It was crisp on top and the crème was almost similar to a French vanilla whipped crème. I have found many crème brulee’s to take on a more gelatinous texture. Olive Lucy’s truly hit the mark with theirs.
So my synopsis on Olive Lucy’s Kitchen Table?? ….
The food- what lacked in presentation, they certainly made up for in flavor!
The prices-range from $11-$29 for pastas and entrees and the restaurant’s BYOB status helps to cut costs.
The service-was attentive and friendly and the manager took the time to get feedback on our experience (You even get a coupon for the future if you take a quick online survey via one of their iPads)