Peohe's usually comes up on this board when someone asks either about restaurants in Coronado or for a good steakhouse rec. I had the opportunity to have brunch/lunch at Peohe's today and I'm delighted to report that it was tremendous.
Last Sunday was my mother's birthday, but since I was out of town she agreed to celebrate this Sunday, and she wanted to go to Peohe's. The weather could not have been any nicer, with spectacularly blue cloudless skies, mild temperatures and a gentle breeze. Something of a reality check to remind those of us luck enough to have been born in San Diego just exactly why half the world seems to want to move here. We were seated on one of the semi-enclosed patios, on the water with an unobstructed view of the bay, the boats and San Diego. Utterly spectacular and utterly relaxing.
Service was friendly, efficient and somewhat on the casual/familiar side. The waitstaff was well versed on the entire menu and could clearly explain each item or provide coherent answers about a menu item. They were well trained in the up-sell as well ;-). Glasses were filled and plates cleared with ease and flow.
My mom and my aunt are both in their mid-80s (they'd also kill me for divulging that)and actually still have their taste buds intact. They like spicy, they eat crunchy (except for veggies). On Sunday Peohe's offers both breakfast and lunch items, leaning a little more heavily to the lunch selections. Both my mom and my aunt ordered off the lunch portion of the menu. They had the Crunchy Coconut Shrimp. I ordered from the breakfast side of the menu and had the Benedict Peohe.
The coconut shrimp came out as 6 large (probably around U15) that had been butterflied, lightly breaded with a breading mixture containing coconut and then deep fried. The shrimp were set on top of some crispy chinese noodles and were accompanied by 3 dipping sauces - a spicy cocktail sauce, a mirin sauce (a mixture of soy and mirin?) and plum sauce. The plate was rounded out with a rice blend and a rather ubiquitous fresh veggie blend that mercifully had been cooked just past raw/crunchy. They both liked the shrimp alot. I managed to snag 1 shrimp between the 2 of them, and while good, they were not the best rendition of coconut shrimp I've ever had. The coconut flavor was weak, and I think I prefer the battered rather than breaded version of this dish. But the shrimp were done well and not overcooked.
My eggs benedict were done extremely well. The English muffin remained soft enough to cut easily, the Canadian bacon had been lightly grilled and the eggs were perfectly poached with the whites just set and the yolk still runny. The Hollandaise was thin enough to coat everything without being too rich or cloying. Eggs benedict is one of my favorites and I can be easily persuaded to order it. This is easily one of the better versions I've had in San Diego. The eggs were accompanied by a huge mound of potaoes that tasted as if they had some kind of salsa base mixed in. The first few bites were pretty tasty, but their flavor didn't really meld to well with the eggs benedict, so I left them. The plate garnish of ripe strawberries and pineapple were sweet and edible.
Also on the menu are a variety of salads, french toast served a couple of different ways, an omelet with rock shrimp, steak and eggs, a pulled pork sandwich, a couple of pasta dishes, a lobster sandwich, crab stuffed tilapia, tombo, halibut and a lobster bisque.
This meal, including beverage, tax and tip, for the 3 of us was $65. The dinner menu at Peohe's falls in the the spendy/expensive category, but Sunday Brunch is very reasonable and also very good. The other thing I liked about it was that it was a sit-down, served meal and not a buffet. I'd go back. I can only imagine what happy hour might be like sitting on one of the patios with a nice glass of wine watching the sun set over Point Loma and the bay and reminding myself why we all live here.
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