I'm wondering how this restaurant managed to slip in under the radar. There was no advance on it, hardly any buzz (although someone blurbed it on chowhound), and it turns out to be the finest thing to happen in Tampa since sliced cuban sandwiches. I have to admit that I sampled very little of the menu last week when I tried it. I started with a Manhattan, which I sipped at the bar. I opted for the bar because it was too crowded and I didn't want to wait for a table. Great bar, good drink. We had an appetizer, a fish spread that was served like you'd have caviar, with capers, onions, chopped egg. Crackers. The fish spread was not the traditional one that is chunky and full of fish. It was more of a fluffy sort of spread. Maybe that Manhattan hit my taste buds because I'm finding myself at a loss to describe it. I think my husband would have preferred something less pretentious but I liked it alot.
Then we split one of the boullabaises (you can pick your combo of seafoods in the broth). When it came I was wishing I'd ordered my own. It was ample and so good that I wanted to cross the dividing line and eat more than my share. Instead I had another Manhattan and took a stroll around this fabulous property. This restaurant is a great place for boaters and there's a fleet of them resting in the marina.
Unfortunately, it was a short night. Somebody else go and tell me what you thought of the food. Or maybe I'll head back. This is a really wonderful place. Take my advice -- go!!!
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