There’s so many wonderful restaurants at which to dine in Jersey City, and Satis Bistro happens to be one of them. The ambiance is wonderful, the food is incredible, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable (special thanks to Theo for answering my huge amount of questions).
The menu at Satis Bistro may be small, but it’s focused, and there’s a lot of thought put into the details on every plate. Let’s start with the appetizers. The Fritto Misto ($10) consists of crispy fried vegetables with an avocado watercress sauce. When many hear the word “fried,” they think greasy and heavy, however, these were anything but. The vegetables were cooked perfectly, the coating was light and flaky, and there was no heavy grease. The avocado and watercress sauce can seem a bit strong on its own, but with the vegetables, it makes a fantastic pairing that perfectly brings out all the best aspects of the food.
Another appetizer that made it to the table was the Heriloom Tomato and Aged Provolone Galette ($10) which also came with Burrata and Arugula Pesto as well as toasted pine nuts. Don’t underestimate this dish based on size. The galette was light and flaky, and the flavors were nothing short of eye-rolling wonderful whether each item was eaten individually or combined together.
Those who go to Satis Bistro and don’t try the meat and cheese platters would be missing out whether you like cheese, meats, or a combination of both. The platter pictured consists of L’Explorateur, Murcia Al Vino, Finochietta, and Mangalitsa, which was served alongside small pickles, apricot honey mustard, and bread that was soft on the inside with a lovely crunchy crust on the outside. As someone who always goes for the cheese, a personal favorite combination was a bit of the L’Explorateur paired with the apricot honey mustard on the bread. My guest’s favorite was a combination of the Finochietta and Murcia Al Vino.
Onto the entrees: the Ricotta Gnocchi ($25) and the Pan Roasted Atlantic Cod ($28). A standard gnocchi dish this is not. The ricotta gnocchi was delicious and tender, the sauce was light enough while still adding a little more richness to the dish, and the braised escarole and cannelloni beans were the perfect complement. There was just enough garlic to hint at it without it being overpowering. As far as the Pan Roasted Atlantic Cod, it was light, flaky, and had a beautiful flavor, especially thanks to the kale gremolata. The summer squash, tomato, and caramelized fennel tian was a fresh accompaniment. A side order of Mascarpone Polenta was a dream. It was rich, cheesy, creamy, and decadent.
Let’s talk desserts. The Jersey Peaches and Cream ($8) had some vanilla ice cream with it, but with or without the ice cream, it’s still delicious. There’s peaches baked right into the cake, which was a nice surprise, and all of it together makes for a sweet treat. It’s also a great alternative for those who aren’t a fan of chocolate. Speaking of which, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait ($8) is insane in the best way possible. It’s everything one would want a chocolate dessert to be, and the chocolate pearls on top were a beautiful touch.
Last but not least, the drinks. There’s a fantastic selection of drinks to choose from, and before having a glass of Sancerre with the fish, the start was the Hendrick’s Cucumber Gimlet ($11), which consisted of gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, and cucumber. As someone who is not a gin drinker but who had a “Why not. I’ll try something different” moment, the drink is definitely worth the order. It was refreshing and delicious and not overwhelming at all.
One of the best aspects of the food, other than the taste, was the presentation. It’s not enough to just plop food on a plate, there’s a method to it, and the chef at Satis Bistro certainly makes art on every plate.
Satis Bistro is one of those restaurants to go with friends or for a date, and there’s indoor as well as outdoor seating. To check out their menus, please visit their site here.
212 Washington Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Disclaimer: The food reviewed in this article was generously provided by Satis Bistro. However, the opinions are my own and are fair and accurate based on my own experiences. Results and opinions may not be the same for everyone. Reprint of the photographs included in this review is not permitted without my express and written consent.