a belated post for sure, but not without merit. this place was so good, we plan to go back again soon (after we recover from another gluttonous weekend, WHY do we love food so much!?!?).
just a short walk from the journal square train, in nearly any direction, you will find food that originates from all the far corners of the world. go a few blocks north and you're in little india. go a few blocks west and you've got filipino food. go a few blocks west and you've got morgan fish market, an egyptian fish restaurant!
morgan fish market was our destination for september date night. i wasn't quite sure what to expect when i walked in early, waiting for hung to arrive off of the train. the atmosphere doesn't exactly say "date night" but i was up for an adventure. from the moment i stepped in i knew that THEY knew that i was new there, but that's ok. i just sat down at a table while i "waited for my husband" (still weird to say).
once he arrived, went to the counter to order. not knowing exactly what to do (and clearly showing it on our faces too), a man sitting at a table with what looked like his family asked us if we needed help. "yes! we would like to order, but we don't know what." he recommended the striped sea bass and the branzino. they will cook it any way you like, so we said we wanted one fried and one grilled. the order comes with hummus, pita bread, rice, and salad. we really could have ordered just 1 order for the both of us and split it and would have been satisfied, but after tasting the food we were glad we ordered two.
i've got 3 words for that fried striped sea bass: BEST. FISH. EVER. maybe it's the seasonings, maybe it's the fact that they cook and serve the WHOLE fish, maybe it's the fact that it's in a place that doesn't quite look like it should be serving food that good, or maybe it was because it was date night. really though, i think it was really just because it tasted that good.
we don't eat mediterranean food often enough. this dinner at morgan fish market was our first time eating egyptian food. although the hummus, tahini, and salad seemed like your standard (always good) middle-eastern fare, the fish stole the show. i'm not sure what other type of food is served in egypt, but i can say this small taste inside the world of egyptian food was enough to make us come back for more.
high five for another successful date night, our first as husband and wife!
(and high five for discovering more hidden gems in jersey city!)