Restaurant Review: Rainforest Cafe (Menlo Park Mall – Edison, NJ)
If you read my blog regularly, you know I have a serious dislike for Chain Restaurants with very few exceptions: Muscle Maker Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack (although I haven’t been to one in about 10 years) Cheesecake Factory and very few others. However; Rainforest Cafe is one of those! And they are above all else!
The food is fresh and creative! The atmosphere relaxing and interesting! The huge salt water fish tank in huge lexan tubes is awe inspiring and tranquil. It reminds me of the days I spent thousands on my own saltwater tank (except its free lol) have your kids watch finding Nemo before you go and have fun watching them identify the fish! Oh that’s Nemo (a clownfish) oh that’s dory (a hippo tang) etc…
They have some fun attractions too! Every few minutes I believe on the hr and on the 1/2 there’s a rain storm and the lights go dark, clouds rumble, rain noises etc. They used to have a low hanging fog machine back in the day (you couldn’t see your feet) but I think they got rid of that. There was also an animatronic alligator by the entrance that the kids loved and of course: their huge gift shop! I still have my rainforest cafe mug!
Pictures can’t capture this place but, here are a few courtesy of yelp:
If you want a fairly healthy creative (I can’t get this anywhere and it would cost a fortune to duplicate) meal then find the nearest one to you! They used to be all over especially in the NJ area! North Jersey, I believe Paramus had one, the palisades center (4 story the largest mall on east coast) had one etc.. But the is still one in Menlo Park!! (Edison) When the others closed I thought they all dried up except the Disney location, but I was wrong! Go check them out and help keep them open and maybe they will expand again!!