My boyfriend and I go out to dinner often; so picking a special place for our anniversary was important to us. We wanted a place that was elegant, without being stuffy, and offered a great menu. After doing some research we decided to try Brandl in Belmar. We reviewed the website and we were sold by the meticulous menu and the fact that it was BYOB. Brandl serves up innovative American cuisine and recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. While we were there they were running a special anniversary menu which offered small dish options for $10 each. Although we opted to order from the regular menu, I thought this was a great way to sample and share an assortment of different plates. I decided to start with the lobster bisque which was buttery and velvety goodness. My boyfriend opted for the vegetable stack which was layers of beets, butternut squash and arugula topped with creamy goat cheese and light Dijon vinaigrette. Delicious! Before we got to the restaurant I was already sold on the Lazy Lobster dish. The lobster was succulent and sweet, mounded on top cheesy asparagus risotto. This dish was AMAZING…I highly recommend it!! My boyfriend chose the halibut which was cooked in a parchment bag to steam in the flavors. The halibut came over Spanish inspired rice with chunks of Andouille sausage and spicy peppers. Both dishes were plentiful and enough for lunch the next day. We decided to splurge for the special occasion and ordered the dark chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream for dessert. The soufflé was rich and sinful, extremely moist and paired deliciously with the vanilla ice cream. All in all we were very impressed with Brandl. The atmosphere, food and service was impeccable and added to an amazing first anniversary!