Tomatoe’s in Margate, NJ

Just a few weekends ago, my Mom and my friend Genna and her Mom- Penny, went “down the shore” for a weekend away.  The best thing about going to theJerseyShorein the off season (besides being able to take Stella to the beach) is that you can get “in” at any restaurant you normally can’t during the summer season.

Tomatoe’s in Margate, NJ is the hot spot we chose this time around.  Tomatoe’s is a hoppin’ bar and “Exquisite California Cuisine” restaurant, which also happens to have the best sushi in town.

the restaurant was so pretty and huge

We were first served warm, crusty bread with a side of olive oil dipping sauce complete with whole hunks of roasted garlic.

Check out all of that roasted garlic... mmm!

Most of us ordered the salad special for the night, and it was amazing.  Set atop a heaping pile of spring mix was fig-balsamic dressing covered roasted butternut squash, apple slices, crispy bacon, and Manchego cheese.

Genna and Penny must have been cravin’ crab, because they split both the Crab Pasta (Spaghettini tossed with jumbo lump crab in a marinara sauce) and the Crab Cakes (Jumbo Lump, baked golden with a chipotle aioli sauce).  The crab pasta was loaded with huge pieces of crabmeat, it was very impressive!

This dish had so much crab meat you could hardly see the pasta...

Humongous crab cakes!

Mom and I had to take a chance on the sushi menu, since we had heard such good things in the past.  The sushi came out on a huge platter, and it was all so fresh and delicious.  We thought the menu had a bunch of different, very creative rolls.  We ordered:  a classic Yellowtail Roll, the Naruto Roll (Tuna, Salmon, Crab, wrapped in Cucumber), the Atlantic City Roll (Spicy California Roll topped with Shrimp), the Autumn Roll (Crab, Peppercorn Salmon, Avocado, topped w/ Spicy Tuna), and finally… the most interesting of them all, the Margate Roll (Salmon, Crab, Shrimp with Roasted Peppers, Mozzarella and Spicy Sauce… tempura-ed)!  The sushi was fantastic.  I’ll definitely try it again!

What a gorgeous spread of sushi.

A close peek at the Margate Roll

Dessert was spectacular.  OMG.  We ordered the Smores dessert, not really knowing what to expect.  The dessert came layered in a cocktail glass.  Starting with graham crackers, then peanut butter mousse, light chocolate ganache, vanilla ice cream, and topped with marshmallow fluff… lightly burned on top, just like crème brulee.  WOW.  This version of the campfire treat is for sure one of my favorite desserts, ever.

Layers of Smores making for the perfect dessert

Gooey melted marshmallow made it difficult to eat without getting a little messy... but it was so worth it!

We also spent the afternoon at the movies, seeing My Week With Marilyn.  I was blown away by this movie.  The story of Marilyn Monroe is so compelling, and Michelle Williams could not have played Marilyn any better.  Sometimes, I had to think about it to remember that it wasn’t Marilyn herself.  I highly recommend this one!