Erini – perfect dinner for a special occasion

By Jenna Ryan
Correspondent

Recently, my family came to visit me: another visit, another restaurant. Where to, you ask? Well, Erini of course! The restaurant is not far from the College at all, a mere 10 minutes away. The exterior of the restaurant was really nice, lined with tiki torches and a chiminea in the center. It felt like I was on a tropical island.

Upon entering the restaurant, I immediately felt like I was in a fancier version of my dining room. Because it is October, they also had nice Halloween decorations up. We made a reservation, and I do recommend making one if you decide to go, especially on weekends when it can get a bit crowded. My party was seated and the waitress told us the specials. Everything on the menu sounded delicious — we decided to get the Caprese salad and corn chowder as appetizers, and baked chicken, stuffed shrimp, ribs, chicken piccata and grilled salmon for our entrees. The mozzarella cheese in the Caprese salad is made fresh in the restaurant, making it one of the best tomato and mozzarella cheese combinations I have tasted. The corn chowder was also tasty and satisfying.

My grilled salmon was delicious, and although I did not try any of the other dishes, my family raved about them. Although I am trying to think of some displeasing aspect of Erini’s in order to balance my review, I cannot think of a single thing. Everything was beyond delicious, and I am already planning my trip back there.

With a meal so delightful, it would be insulting not to finish it with dessert. We ordered the crème brulee and a flourless chocolate cake. The crème brulee was just exquisite, and I am dreaming about it as I write this. The service was also fantastic. Our waitress, Leni, was very accommodating and made sure everything was safe to eat due to my younger cousin’s peanut allergy.

Overall, it is a bit pricey for a college student’s budget, but if you have a special occasion coming up, I highly suggest dining at Erini. The venue exuded class and coziness, which resulted in a very interesting and pleasant combination.

Erini Restaurant

1140 River Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628

Phone: (609) 882-0303

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