There are some banquet halls in NJ that offer buffet style lunch and/or dinner on a regular basis. That is, when there isn't an event going on. One such popular place is Perona Farms. Supposedly their brunches get really busy especially since they can cater to larger groups. So one day, Mr. M&P, Ms. Pastry Chef, Ms. Cordon Bleu, and myself went in search of food.
My first plate including the raw seafood bar like shrimp cocktail, oysters, clams, and smoked salmon. Each of these items were decent. Not the best but certainly just fine. I also tried the eggs benedict (this is very popular) and kale salad. The eggs benedict was much better than I assumed. The egg was actually properly cooked being completely runny in the middle. That is talent because these babies were just sitting in a warmed chafing dish. I think that the popularity of this item keeps the rotation fresh. And thus, the egg not being overcooked. The kale salad was really, really good. Refreshing, crunchy, and well dressed.
My next plate was more cooked protein with sliced prime rib au jus, fish, chicken, asparagus salad, chicken salad on endive, sweet potato salad, and a Manhattan chowder. These items were less impressive. Most of the meats were just okay. This is where the texture suffered from being in chaffing dishes. Interestingly enough, the fish was the best of this plate.
Overall, I thought Perona Farms to be okay. I'm not a huge fan of buffets in general due to the mediocre food that usual falls hand in hand with them. But if you wanted a venue that can serve a large party for brunch, this would be a very good idea.
350 Andover Sparta Road
Andover Township, NJ 07821