For the prices paid, I expect more. Nice atmosphere, but the service and food were inconsistent. The first time we ate there, I thought all the food was too heavily salted. The desserts were alright (the first night we got the sampler which allowed us to try several of their dessert items), although the Key Lime pie we had on another night was nicely done in both presentation and flavor--except the crust was too tough. Very hard. The Key Lime pie had nice texture and soft flavor (not that corn syrupy, cloyingly sweet, artificial lime flavor you find with most key lime pies). The green sauce and fun little candy caviar things were a nice touch. See attached picture.
The first night, our server was alright. Not great, not bad. He was pretty slow, and it was not a busy night by any measure. One thing that really got me miffed was that he recommended a wine to go with the scallop linguine well after it was served, which he said he'll bring right out so it could go with the linguine, but he took about 10 minutes and by that time, the linguine had gotten cold. And the wine was too sweet, which you'd think he'd mention when it's THAT sweet and make us wait 10 min. (And I usually like sweet things--I put 6 packets of sugar into a short glass of iced tea).
The next night, we had the absolute best server we ever had anywhere, named Renee. Toward the end of the meal, she asked what she could get for us. Whatever we wanted, she was prepared. She came with both the dessert menu and the check. We HATE having to wait and wait for our check every time we eat out. This was the first time a server came prepared with it without us even having to ask. She was just great all around. Not overbearing, but very attentive when we needed her. She was awesome.
The sushi selection was pretty sparse, but they had a special roll that included tuna, cilantro, avocado and other things that while not "authentic", was creative and really good. Something different. Because of the small variety, I wouldn't go there for the sushi. We got it as an appetizer.
HEAVILY SALTED, OVER-SAUCED
My husband said his Blackened Mahi Mahi was seasoned just right, but I thought it was salty. I ordered the scallop linguine, but it was WAY too heavily sauced and VERY SALTY. My husband agreed with me there. And there was too much "bacon-y" flavored ham in it, which overpowered the scallops. Just a touch of delicate bacon flavor would have been nice. Even I make a better scallop linguine.
CRAB CAKE, STEAMED MUSSELS
Don't bother getting the overpriced tiny crab cake appetizer w/ sundried tomato aioli. It was recommended as an award-winning recipe, but both my husband and I were wholly unimpressed (nothing beats a good Maryland crab cake). We did appreciate the fact that it was not made with unnecessary filler, but this just tasted like they dumped a can of crab meat into a frying pan. You need a little extra filler-type of ingredients for flavor and to call it a crab "cake". I can't imagine how what we had could be an award-winning recipe. Maybe it was just made poorly on that particular night. No flavor. The sundried tomato aioli described on the menu seemed to be missing. The steamed mussels were a better appetizer choice. Those were very good and fresh. Yum.
SEAFOOD, BRAISED SHORT RIBS
The next night, I had braised short ribs and "whipped potatoes" (a.k.a. mashed potatoes) and a few asparagus sprigs wrapped with a small piece of bacon. The ribs were very tender, but I didn't find the sauce very tasty, but the berries were a nice touch. It had oddly dehydrated, shaved carrots on top. (see pic) At dinner, it didn't seem like anything to write home about, but as leftovers the next day when we were hungry, my husband and I found it to be very good.
My husband had a seafood boil or bake type thing (see pic) which he did enjoy very much.
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May 21, 2013
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Thank you for the feedback, as we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves and continue to work hard to provide the best food and service possible.
Please feel free to call and discuss this further with management and we hope you are able to join us again so that we can truly give you the service and cuisine we have become known for.
all the best,
the team at deep blu seafood grille
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