I wanted to plan a celebration just for my husband and me to toast his promotion. I wanted to find a place that was new (to us at least) and had great reviews on Urbanspoon.com. Additionally, this past week was "restaurant week" so dozens of restaurants had special menus with lower pricing. I must have looked at most of the restaurant week menus but the offerings didn't thrill me, the special menu was mediocre, the reviews on Urbanspoon.com were pathetic etc. Finally, I clicked on Wildfish Seafood Grille-mostly out of desperation. While we love seafood, we seldom eat it in Arizona (since it's HOT and fresh seafood is hit or miss...mostly miss.) They were able to take a reservation for the next night and I told them of the reason for the dinner..
The restaurant is located in the [newish] Waterfront and is very attractively decorated, low key, low lighting, great patio space (for when it's cooler-sigh) and great bar area. The bar had a wooden structure over it (reminiscent of a fish skeleton). When we walked in, the maitre 'd greeted us almost instantly, shook my hand, asked for my husband's name (we don't share the same last name); and led us to our booth. The restaurant was full, but not noisy and great music was playing softly in the background.
Our server-Damien was frankly, fantastic (and I know good service since I travel frequently on business and also do meeting planning.) All the servers wore white coats with black ties. The food expediters and bus boys all wore black.) Damien was very knowledgeable about the menu-particularly nice since he had mentioned he was a newer hire. While I opted for the special restaurant week menu, my husband ordered ala carte.
We both shared a half-dozen of fresh oysters (which were heavenly) and then I ordered crispy oysters (with aioli sauce) while my husband opted for the lobster bisque. Both starters were heavenly and the lobster bisque had really big chunks of lobster-no hunting and pecking to see if a piece of lobster was even in the soup.
For the main entree, he chose the Florida grouper "sauteed crisp with lemon, garlic and scallions. For his side, he chose the their crab fried rice. I opted to have their New Zealand Barramundi servied with a roasted tomatoes, French green beans and stone ground mustard vinaigrette. I chose the sauteed spinach with shallots for my side. All dishes were simply fantastic (my husband and I shared generously). The sauce for the Barramundi was very flavorful but light and the spinach was to die(t) for. I had such a large portion that I ended up taking half of it home. My husband somehow managed to eat all his grouper but chose to save the crab fried rice so he could enjoy the last of it the next day.
For dessert, since I had the option of 3 desserts for the restaurant week menu, I chose the trio of sorbet (pineapple, lime and strawberry). Made in house, the sorbet was good, not great but you don't expect too much for sorbet. HOWEVER, the restaurant gave my husband the choice of any of their desserts for free-to acknowledge the reason we were dining there. He asked the server several questions and the server stated that while he normally doesn't like pineapple upside down cake, the restaurant's version made a believer out of him. So, the cake was chosen and it was freaking fantastic. Actually, it was much more like a pineapple bread pudding and both my husband and I could have licked the plate. It came with whipped cream and butter pecan icecream-both on the sides. We basically ignored those sides since the cake itself was so spectacular.
They had a great wine cellar menu but as the cheapest bottle was around $125, we chose to go with their dinner menu wine-much more reasonably priced.
We WILL go back. it was a fantastic dinner, outstanding service (I made sure to tell the manager how wonderful our server was) and we had leftovers to enjoy today!
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