We've eaten here a number of times and I have no idea why I have never bothered to write a review. I suppose it's because it was normally a once a year, special occasion sort of meal. But our meal a couple of nights ago was so wonderful and our experience so outstanding, that I felt it was about time I wrote something.
First of all, the people who own the restaurant are wonderful. They are incredibly generous to the local community. That said, if the restaurant isn't wonderful, they can't really contribute much. Well, luckily it is and it's getting even better.
This week, they had a guest chef from one of their sister restaurants in the kitchen, producing a very special menu. I should add that as the owners also run one of the best wine shops in town, their wine list is fantastic. As if that weren't enough, on certain days, they offer 2 for 1 on bottles of wine. Thankfully, this was one of those evening.
We had the seared albacore tuna sashimi with yuzu tobiko, wasabi foam, Japanese plum powder and a passion fruit gastrique as an appetizer. Yes, it's as good as it sounds. For my entree, I had local shrimp, bay scallops and spiny lobster tossed with housemade pasta in a tomato brandy cream sauce with shaved parmesan. That home made pasta is outrageously good and the seafood was generous. The whole thing was generous, in fact, and I ended up taking some home with me.
My partner had the jalapeno sausage crusted snook filet on dirty rice with a creole spiced crab buerre fondue, which she was worried would be a little bit too spicy for her, but it seems the home made sausage they crusted the fish with was balanced perfectly with the peppers to give it a mild bite and lovely flavour but not much heat.
The hostess and staff were friendly, charming and extremely efficient. We had a great night. If they continue doing specials like this, we'll be visiting far more often then for annual special treats.
Excited to see their next chef's menu.
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