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Mistral Princeton Featured on New Jersey Monthly’s 25 Best Restaurants List Second Year in a Row

Mistral Princeton Featured on New Jersey Monthly’s 25 Best Restaurants List Second Year in a Row

Chef de cuisine Ben Nerenhausen has a deceptively simple credo. “It has to be fun,” he says of his food. He keeps finding new ways to make it so. Chilled English pea soups are a spring staple, but this year, Nerenhausen, 33, not only worked tarragon, parsley and mint into the puree for an herbaceous twist, he also submerged a tangy disc of manchego panna cotta in the bowl, topping it with a quenelle of steak tartare poking up like an island. The tartare bristled with fried capers and crunchy chips of fried fingerling potato for a texture rapture.

To be fun, food also needs to be affordable. Mistral clears that bar as well. The pea soup, big enough to share, is $14. Have with the amazing $16 bowl of squid-ink tagliatelle with braised calamari, custardy egg yolk, green garlic cream, ‘nduja sausage and shaved bottarga, and you’ll amble out not only happily full, but still flush.

Mistral review By Rosie Saferstein of NJ Monthly

Mistral review By Rosie Saferstein of NJ Monthly

There is nothing ordinary about Mistral in Princeton. The food is exciting, the décor dramatic and the service attentive. Our visit was a “ladies that lunch, disregard the diet day,” where we feasted and had a most delicious time.
Read the full story here: http://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-drink/table-hopping-with-rosie/restaurant-news-2015-2-18/