Lake Mohawk in Sparta is a beautiful area that literally takes your breath away as you take the road that leads you down to the lake. Parking is challenging near all that quaint Bavarian styled shops and restaurants. But there is parking open to the public located by the beautiful Lake Mohawk Country Club right on the boardwalk.
Upon entering St. Moritz Grill & Bar you walk right into a dark wooden very inviting large circular bar. I was told that the owners of St. Moritz also own a restaurant I have visited called Redwoods Grill & Bar in Chester, NJ.
The atmosphere is inviting and many people were enjoying food and libations right at the bar. You can eat right at the bar or go to the dining room off to the right which is attractive with wooden table tops ample spacing for privacy. To the left of the bar is a dance floor and an area for the weekend entertainment. During the warmer months St. Moritz offers Al Fresco dining on their patio just outside of the main dining room.
On this particular day “The Secret Gourmet” decided to dine “Al Fresco” as the lovely hostess led me to a table outside. There were many people enjoying the beautiful sunny day. Wrought iron black tables, red umbrellas and patio heaters although not on, offered the perfect dining experience with a view of the tranquil lake and the quaint Bavarian styled village. There were quite a few people out enjoying the beautiful day.
My dining partner and I perused the menu, which offered a nice variety of appetizers, salads, specials and their regular menu. Mainly American Fare with a few European twists and turns added for your dining pleasure. Executive Chef Joel Cain is skilled and plates a beautiful presentation of each dish I ordered.
We started first with the steamed little neck clams. Very tasty with melted butter and clam broth for dipping. Next we ordered the stove piped chopped salad which was a beautiful presentation of color and was presented to resemble a circular top hat. There was a wonderful combination of smoked Applewood bacon, tomatoes, Bermuda onions, blue cheese, iceberg and romaine lettuces, in a white balsamic vinaigrette dressing polished off with marinated large garbanzo beans for only $8.99.
Note the white balsamic vinegar is sweeter than the standard red and added a nice touch to this beautiful salad.
Next I ordered the chicken schnitzel. The breaded chicken cutlet was thin enough to absorb the lemon and white wine sauce, accompanied by fresh asparagus and delicious mashed potatoes. For those who would like a definition of Schnitzel, Wikipedia offers that it is a “boneless meat, thinned with a meat tenderizer, coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and then fried. A popular food in many countries, it is made from veal, mutton, chicken, beef, turkey or pork.”
It happened to be the “ Secret Gourmet’s Birthday and my dining partner surprised me with the staff coming out and singing “Happy Birthday” with my favorite dessert, Crème Brûlée, which was prepared to perfection and I devoured every bite.
A wonderful dining experience. Chef Joel Cain has exceptional culinary skills . The menu is priced moderately and the food is presented beautifully. The staff bartenders are friendly. I did not feel rushed and the service and food were exceptional. I have also eaten at the bar and had a burger which was delicious. Located at 9 White Deer Plaza in Lake Mohawk . Put this restaurant on your menu of places to try .
St. Moritz Bar & Grill
9 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, NJ
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