I was invited to sample some of the new seafood favorites at Bonefish Grill. This was obviously a tough job, but someone had to do it and I didn’t want to do it alone. I mean food is made for sharing and sharing is caring.
So I invited my friend Anne from Midlife Boulevard who I care about very much – to join me. We don’t get enough time together, and what better way to spend an evening catching up than over a long drawn out dinner eating too much food.
First of all – the staff was fabulous. Our manager Donnelle was fun, funny and had a real appreciation of the restaurant and the care they put into their food. All fresh, seafood brought in that day – the prep work starts early in the morning to be ready for lunch and dinner.
Chelsea was our server and I wanted to take her home with me by the end of the evening. In fact all the servers were attentive and smiling. It’s a great place to take a family and so having servers who are on top of it makes all the difference. They know everything about the dishes and suggest wines for pairing.
The Short Pump location is right on Broad Street and easy to access by the parking deck. While I wouldn’t call it noisy, it’s not super quiet so you wouldn’t feel bad taking your crazy kids in for a dinner.
OK, on to the food because there are a lot of photos to come. The lighting was not the best for phone cameras, so some of the photos are not perfect. But yummy all the same.
Let’s start with the good stuff. We tried the Ocean Trust Tropic Heat Martini. Yes that’s a jalapeno pepper, but it wasn’t hot – maybe warm is a better word.
Here are the specials that you’ll want to check out. We tried a few starting with the Lobster Stuffed Shrimp (the best but I don’t seem to have a photo)
Not on the specials menu but a must have if you go to Bonefish – the Ahi Tuna Appetizer - sesame seared, sliced with wasabi and pickled ginger. This was a specific must have from Chef Carlos who also visited our table to educate us about the restaurant.
Both Anne and I had never heard of let alone tried Bang Bang Shrimp. Apparently we are the only people in the civilized world who have not. Well now we have and I can imagine picking up a few orders to go some night on my way home.
We also tried the calamari – it was not chewy and a decent portion for a appetizer. Lots to share.
Next onto the entrees. Grilled Salmon with beans and garlic potatoes…
Pretzel Crusted Ahi Tuna Steak – melted in your mouth like butter. I loved the pretzel crust – I thought it added just the right flavor.
The Fontina Chop – a boneless pork chop with Fontina cheese, garlic, prosciutto & mushroom marsala wine sauce.
And from the specials – the Sea Bass with a wonderful mango sauce. It was my favorite dish.
We saved enough for dessert. Barely. Our favorite hands down? The coconut pie – made with a rum sauce. I really want to figure this one out because I could have taken a spoon to a whole pie and not been tired of it.