Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with transatlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a Portuguese dinner for two at Sol-Mar Restaurant in Newark (up to an $82 total value). The dinner includes:
- One shared appetizer (up to a $12 value; Vila Nova appetizer excluded)
- Two single entrees or one two-person entree (up to a $60 value)
- Two glasses of house wine (a $5 value each)
The flavor-savvy chefs at Sol-Mar Restaurant craft delectable meals according to authentic Portuguese recipes that showcase fresh ingredients and nods to Mediterranean culinary traditions. Dining duos smack lips to applaud while busy hands maneuver forkfuls of steaming appetizers such as clams drenched in garlic sauce or crispy calamari. Main dishes serenade taste buds with the savory rich notes of grilled filet mignon or marimba solos played on the bones of a tender rack of lamb. Send tines full of meaty tribute to dates or vegetarian enemies with the grilled spare ribs as brimming glasses of wine compliment the hearty flavors with libation-inspired praise for veal sauced with a bold port-wine sauce and grilled spare ribs.
Earth-toned tablecloths and forest green napkins decorate place settings in Sol-Mar as diners gaze at leafy foliage, murals, and terra cotta awnings gilding the restaurant. Tiled floors add a touch of Lisbon authenticity, and the large, arched windows in the dining room afford passing action heroes innumerable opportunities to make dramatic entrances.
Along with importing Portugal's unique recipes to the shores of Newark, Sol-Mar Restaurant envelops patrons in an atmosphere that recalls a sidewalk café in Lisbon. Adorned with leafy foliage, murals, and terra-cotta awnings, the dining room features large, arched windows through which commedia dell'Arte archetypes can make their dramatic exits. To top the earth-toned tablecloths, a menu of authentic Iberian fare features dishes such as creamy clams casino, stuffed salmon with crabmeat, and grilled veal chops.