Fish And Chips
When all of the employees look like they have lost the will to live, you may have come on a bad night. Now I normally don't associate a review with a certain date, but to tell the story, I must. You see I chose to go to this crab shack on the night of the Florida VS Tennessee game. Now we all know how much Tennessee loves their football team, however, I believe I may have underestimated just how real this fanfare was.
From the road, this restaurant looks stunning. The building is large and has a nice outside venue. Inside it was decorated like a hunting lodge. It didn't have much to offer to make me feel confident about eating seafood. Perhaps I would have ordered elk if it had been offered.
I was told my wait would be around thirty minutes. Unfortunately, I could see that the place was quite empty despite the parking lot looking rather full. I was astonished that I had to wait but I did. It took about fifteen minutes to be seated, and then the wait began. I waited for another fifteen minutes until my server decided to come and get my drink. He apologized for the wait and told me he was on suicide watch.
I was taken back by this statement. Should I be concerned? He later explained that Tennessee had just lost the football game by one point and so things were going a little slow. Really? Is this what kind of service I can expect? A football game no one played in effected the staff so much that they were keeping an eye on each other to ensure no one does harm to themselves?
Another ten minutes went by so I got up and went to the restroom. Not a detail I would normally discuss except there was a gentlemen in there which was part of the staff, and he was crying. Yes Picky Nation he was crying over the game. You see he had be three hundred dollars on the game. Meanwhile he wasn't making any good tips by crying in the bathroom. I was sympathetic at the time but, in retrospect, I should have gave him some tough love.
I decided since things are moving so slow, I would order an appetizer of bread. Yes the cost of bread was 2.99. Most restaurants offer this as complimentary. I waited, and waited. Finally, I ordered the fish and chips. I figured it wouldn't take long. I should have known better. After a while the food came out.
The fish was made out of grouper. What a refreshing twist on an old favorite. The fries were just steak fries so it was not very special. The fish had a nice crisp and was just flaky enough to enjoy. Are you wondering about the bread? It was delicious. A nice, fluffy roll. But unfortunately it came out after the food. My guess is the server forgot it. I would not have paid for bread if I had known when I would receive it.
I guess to sum it all up, the food was great. You really never know when you will receive it though. I recommend checking the score of the Tennessee game before you go as it has a direct effect on your service. Harpoon Harry's has great potential. Maybe I will be back on a less emotional night. I give this experience a picky 3.1 out of 5.
Salmon and Fries
If you are looking to eat in a basement of a 19th century estate, this is exactly where you should go. If you are like the rest of us, perhaps you will find the décor a little... uninviting. As I walked in, I noticed the cool, dark atmosphere. The hostess greeted me cordially and sat me at a booth. I know I should have known by the name that the restaurant would be themed as a cellar, however, I just assumed the server would go to the cellar for me. I didn't think we all had to be there.
The server came by and took my drink order. Now this server had a way about him. A way in which reminded me of a man in a 1980's van with no windows... kind of way. Maybe it was the setting. Maybe it was the way he stood behind the pillars in the room, peering at his customers. I can just say he was a little different. In all seriousness I took it that he was just trying too hard to be a server in an elegant restaurant. Perhaps he would have loosened up if I had informed him that we are all in a basement.
He returned and took my order. If you follow The Picky Fork, you may know by now that I am a fan of salmon. Let me note that everyone tells me the prime rib is the best at this establishment. I know, I know. How can I order fries? The side orders were on a short list and it was the only thing I saw that I would like. The spot you see on the salmon is the remnants of a glob of butter that the salmon was served with.
How did it taste? The salmon was cooked perfectly. The fries were fresh cut, but nothing special that you couldn't get at some of the local sub shops. I never talk money but I feel it is worth mentioning here. I would have liked to pay five dollars less for this dish. It was tasty but I feel that's the real drawback for this particular experience.
So to sum it all up, it was basement dining at its finest. The waiter was odd and did not make me feel welcome. The food was delicious, yet a bit overpriced. I did ask for no spinach under my salmon and that request was granted. I can say I will be returning here, but not too soon. For picky friendliness, I have to give this experience a 3.9 out of 5.
Chilean Sea bass With Truffle Mac And Cheese
I hate the tables in the middle of restaurants! Let me elaborate. As I walked into the place, I was greeted by a very excited (possibly trying to hard) hostess. As I was taken to my table, I sat down and immediately was uncomfortable. The first thing I noticed is that I was setting at a table for four which could be converted to a table of six. I found myself with a flap in my lap. I believe they call these "lap flaps". It felt like someone was sitting on me the whole night, and there I was. There I was in the middle of the restaurant for all to watch like a human aquarium and everyone seemed to be pecking on the glass. Thankfully the restaurant was too dark for them to observe too closely, but on to the food.
My waitress came over and oddly enough was wearing a chef jacket. Perhaps she was going to cook my food as well, but I did not care. I came here for the expectedly amazing food. To appease me as I was in for a small wait, I had very good bread with oil and herbs. It was finally time to decide on an entrée. I chose the Chilean sea bass and added the truffle mac and cheese. The waitress asked me what topping I would like on my bass. I wanted to really taste the fish so I asked for the bass cooked traditionally. I suppose traditional is without seasoning at Bonefish.
As I received my food, I noticed my bass had been cooked perfectly. I took one bite and..... disappointment. It was a good taste, but without seasoning. It was nothing a shake of salt wouldn't fix. The fish itself tasted good. It was just missing a spice or two. The mac and cheese had a wonderful taste. It was rich and creamy and I could not finish it. I know Picky Nation you see fries in the picture. Yes the fries were good. So what could I possibly give this place? The food was more than good, service was great, and seating was ok. For perfectly cooked food and service with a smile, I give Bonefish a picky 4.2 out of 5.
If it looks like something is missing from this plate, you are correct. When they brought my food, the smell was so overwhelming that I could not wait to try it. I know Picky Nation, how could I enjoy something with so many garnishes that I hate? Let me explain.
As I walked in, the first thing I noticed was every table had table cloths and wine glasses. When I visit an establishment with this feature, I always expect more from them. I am disappointed nine times out of ten when this happens. As I go to my seat, the server informs me I will have three servers for the evening. I thought this would be a disaster, however, to my surprise, it worked out very well.
As I scrolled through the menu, I did not find much for the picky eater. I decided to try Roy's Trio. This consisted of a Hibachi grilled salmon, Misoyaki, and a Macadamia nut encrusted Mahi Mahi. I ordered the dish, not knowing how the fish would be served. When the dish came to me, I was taken back by all of the colors, sauces, and garnishes. Had I made a mistake? Will I eat any of this? The aroma coming from the plate was to amazing not to try this. I immediately moved the tomatoes off of the Mahi Mahi and took my first bite. It was heaven in my mouth. It was very sweet and savory. I then moved to the Misoyaki. It was served on a hard potato with a light sauce to which I did not inquire about. Again it was delicious. The sauce was complimentary, and not overpowering. I saved the salmon for last, knowing that I like Hibachi grilled salmon. It was served with a sweet rice and pickled cucumbers. I have to say it wasn't terrible. I will say if was the least of the three. The vinegar coming from the cucumbers overpowered the whole dish.
Roy's melting hot chocolate souffle
This was the desert to top off the evening. I usually do not like ice cream with my desert, but yet again, this dish knows what its doing. The ice cream is there simply to cool down the soufflé. The soufflé was a great addition to the night! Overall this meal was fantastic. It does depend on your personal taste but I would think anyone could find something here they would really love. For a great experience, surprisingly good food, and a desert that will have you melting, I give Roy's in Orlando a 4.8 out of 5.
Fresh Grilled Atlantic Salmon (9OZ)
Fair warning. This visit was the most odd visit I have had at this establishment so...... here we go! As I walk in I am greeted by a not so charming hostess who tells me it will be less than ten minutes to wait. I didn't feel that to be any wait at all on a Saturday night so I waited.
When my table was ready, the hostess was afraid to alert the buzzer in the event that it wouldn't quit buzzing once activated. I didn't hold any of this against her because just like a stadium urinal, she appeared to be running all the time. I usually get sat with my favorite waitress, Audrey, but I got Adam this time. He did an excellent job. When I ordered the salmon, however, he told me they were out. He also went on to tell me that the Brazilian salmon fishermen were on strike and therefore they had no salmon. He later checked and then told me they in fact did have salmon. I was quite confused about the whole situation but no matter. I received my request.
I also replaced the two sides with a baked potato with only cheese and bacon and a side of fries. When my food came I noticed Adam brought with it a bottle of Heinz ketchup. It is the only ketchup I will eat. The salmon was well cooked. It did have some herbs and spices on it but they were what I have found to be normal on most grilled salmon dishes. The fries were average. The potato was very good but was the size of a baseball, which you can see pictured above. If you are looking for a big portion, you are not going to find it here. However, if you are looking for taste and service, you may find what you are looking for in this dish. This dish is a very plain and simple dish. It is a picky eater's dream if you don't want to take any chances. For picky friendliness and service, I give this dish a picky 4 out of 5.