Had dinner Friday with a group of 7 at East Coast Grill. There was no wait at 7 PM cause of the game, so we got right in. This was my first time eating at ECG and I really liked it. I had grilled monkfish, which was a special that night. The seasonings on the fish were a bit salty but it was grilled very well, it was served with a sweet chutney over sauteed greens (kale?) in some type of vinegrette. Also came with a very generous slice of roasted eggplant (very tender) and mashed turnip (possibly combined with potatoes, but possibly not). All in all a great meal.
Friends had various other dishes, including a mussels appetizer which was outstanding, mussels were cooked perfectly in a coconut based broth, this is on the regular menu but I forget what it was called. Sides of cornbread were huge. Chicken, mahi mahi and shrimp/scallops all looked good. The red sangria was cold and tasty, made with various liquors and fresh squeezed juice, good balance of alcohol to juice. The white sangria also looked good (saw it on another table).
Overall, ECG has a fun atmosphere and great food, I'll definitely be back!
On Saturday, I shared an order of seafood and brocolli chow foon at the Chinatown Eatery foodcourt (upstairs from the former Pacific Garden). I got it from the place that is straight ahead of you when you walk in the door. It was tasty and cheap, although a bit too much brown sauce for my liking. Still we managed to finish it all, as well as two strawberry juices with boba from the juice bar. I was impressed with the consistency of the boba here, and the juice was good too. Possibly one of the better bubble tea choices in Chinatown, I have been disappointed with the boba at Anna's Dessert House.
Sunday, had dim sum at CCC, good as always, for some reason I seem to always get better food and service on the 3rd floor (where I was today) though it might be my imagination. It just never seems as good on the first floor though.....I was with 3 non pork eaters, but this gave me a chance to try some chicken, shrimp and beef dishes that I normally don't try. I was impressed by the rice noodles with chicken and beef shumai (which were like beefballs that they also serve). Clams with black beans were also a hit.
Now for another week of PBJ :)
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