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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Bananaketchup

 

With its seemingly couple-centric clientele, Bonefish Grill is one Chuck Woolery shy of a dating game, as it’s the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. The decor is very classy, with a semi-fancy elegance that demands candlelight and perhaps a tender violin solo.

While some previous research on Yelp led me to low expectations on a meh-at-best franchise seafood restaurant, there were sparks of contradiction in the air. Further investigation was needed to silence my inner-skeptic.

As expected from a restaurant called Bonefish Grill, the menu specializes in seafood selections, such as Pecan Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout and Grilled Chilean Sea Bass. I went with the Imperial Longfin, which is a fan favorite recommended by the staff: “Royal delicacy pan-seared, baked and stuffed with shrimp, scallops, crab meat and lemon caper butter.” Can this be dramatic foreshadowing of the tired cliché “Too much of a good thing?”

The plating was clean and while the dish wasn’t visually worthy of an Andy Warhol painting, it was bright and interesting enough. The fish was nicely seasoned with a complementary citrus component and didn’t need any extra salt or pepper. It was cooked perfectly, and had a crisp texture on the outside without compromising the moistness of the meat.

If I had to file a single complaint to the foodie police (other than the asparagus that was salty enough to sink in the Dead Sea), the dish was a teensy bit imbalanced. The fish had a tendency of getting lost in the seafood stuffing. The stuffing by itself was yummy, but it didn’t add anything, and it’s richness somewhat overpowered parts of the dish, taking away from the delicate flavors of the longfin. Overall, the single components combined together didn’t quite live up to the ambition of the dish, but that’s not enough to take away from the fact that it was still very delicious.

Bonefish Grill is a restaurant stuck somewhere between Philips Seafood and Red Lobster. With an excellent waiter (that reminded me of Linguini from Ratatouille), classy decor, and affordable prices, it was like finding a non-toxic toy at the bottom of a cereal box — a pleasant surprise that hushed the incessant cries of “nuh-uh” in my head. And while Chuck Woolery’s magic may not guarantee your date will go smoothly, you’ll at least end the night with an excellent dinner experience.

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