We have now had 9 hours of sleep to recover from our dinner at Southfork Kitchen. Boy, was that great. Our cousins were very impressed, too. And, given that one of them is a vinofile, the wine selections impressed him as did the value.
I started with the sardines...OMG...there were 3 sauces beneath those delicious fish that never ceased to delight. Then the fluke...an amazingly flavored and textured dish with a surprise finish that saw both my cousin and me devouring the little pea shoots enveloped in a light peanut-flavored sauce...our tongues were too short to lick the full depth of the bowl!
My partner started with the mussels, which I thought was a mistake...oh, no...quite the opposite. The memory of its broth still lingers on my tongue as I try to figure out out how I might duplicate it. Then he had the soft-shell crabs which he raved about and which I, too, found just perfect. I think it may have been the same light batter used on the sardines; both perfectly fried.
Cousin #1 started with the chowder and, as you described, it was a banquet from the garden simply smothered in wonderful "chowder sauce". In a word: Orgasmic. Her entre was Arctic Char; a beautifully fresh fillet on Bok Choy kissed by a salty-sweet glaze. We tried to finish what she couldn't eat but succommed to gluttony within moments.
Cousin #2 started with the seviche, which he raved about; his raves were well justified. It was the most delicate I'd experienced. He also had the fluke and, like me, couldn't stop eating it, in spite of the fact that our stomachs ached.
Our desserts were each a delight and filled with surprises, as were the amuse bouche. C-2 and I are especially fond of oysters and could have stopped the show then and there to devour the restaurant's supply remaining in the kitchen, if allowed. The little gems sat in a perfectly flavored pool of pleasantly acidic juices, some from nature, some from heaven.
We walked out thankful, but moaning and holding our stomachs from gastronomic excesses and multitudes of pleasure. Given that this was a 10 on the Pleasure-Tron, we felt it justified the price and voted it "best value".
Now, if you don't think that I can top that, try this: we had a 7 pm reservation and nobody winced when we were still licking our chops at 9:30. Finally, an East End restaurant that respects its patrons.
"We have a winner!"