Three weeks old and the crowd and ambiance would suggest a much more mature destination, thanks in part to opening a new downtown restaurant with a steakhouse vibe. The food, however, was distinctly immature. We are truly pulling for this restaurant and its locale, as fans of downtown Fort Myers, but they still have a lot of work to do in the kitchen. This review will only address the mediocre quality of the food, and not the service (Heather was AWESOME) nor the atmosphere (fantastic).
I am certain they are still working out the kinks, so we will give them that, but if you get anything right at a new steakhouse, it should be the steak and its typical accoutrements. Having ordered the filet medium rare, my husband's steak arrived medium well. It was sent back and promptly returned with a nicely cooked medium rare steak, but it lacked seasoning and finesse. But I digress...for apps, we tried the tuna and watermelon tartare, which was tasty but slightly bland, and the pork belly was equally uninspiring, with a lackluster flavor profile and not a great crisp on the skin side, leaving the fat partially unrendered and overpowering. The pork jus held a very gelatinous consistency and tasted, quite honestly, like a packaged mix. This same strong au jus flavor was in the side of mushrooms, the mash and just everywhere. I tried the Branzino, and it was so fishy (skin on, which I don't mind if properly seared) and salty (overpowered by too many olives and salty tomatoes), I had to send it back. Replaced with the oven roasted salmon, the fish itself was fine (although slightly overcooked) but the buerre blanc was also gelatinous and tasted like a mix.
Dessert proved slightly better, with the tasty mini doughnuts (although the tres leches sauce proved more watered down condensed milk than anything) and the key lime creme brulee (which was disappointing in its lack of acidity and tang).
This place clearly has a lot on its proverbial plate - we just hope they can get it right soon. There is a fair amount of culinary competition downtown Fort Myers, and at this moment, better choices than Prime. We have our fingers crossed for them, and will give them a second chance. I truly hope our next visit, within a few months, will come with a greatly improved review.