My girlfriend and I made our 1st trip to ABG last night with my parents for a Mother's Day dinner. We arrived there right at 5pm when they opened to avoid the crowds, which was a good idea since by 6pm the restaurant was full.
Appetizer: We ordered the hot appetizer sampler which consisted of coconut shrimp, sweet thai chili calamari, mini crab cakes, chicken pot stickers and tuna spring rolls. All of the food was very good, but my favorite was the calamari. The sampler was plenty for a table of 4 as an appetizer. The table next to use ordered just the calamari and the portion was HUGE.
My girlfriend had the small portion of the Lobster Risotto. It was very creamy and loaded with large chunks of lobster. The small portion was pretty big and more than enough for 1 person. Being that the risotto was heavy and filling, I think it would be difficult for one person to finish the large portion.
I had one of their specials which was sliced boneless sirloin (about 10-12oz) topped with a cherry pepper and blackberry glaze with mashed potatoes and asparagus. The steak was cooked to my liking and the glaze offered a nice sweet/spicy kick. The mashed potatoes and asparagus were good, but nothing exceptional.
My Dad had the crab cakes which he wasnt too impressed by. When my mom asked how they were, he replied "These are not as good as yours". I didnt taste them, but the mini crab cakes on the appetizer were very good with no much filler and a good amount of crab. He enjoys Mud City crab cakes, which I think are not the best. To each his own I guess.
My Mom had another special that was offered: escolar with 2-3 dipping sauces and vegies. None of us had heard of escolar, but the waiter explained it as a slightly firm (like swordfish), white, flaky fish with a buttery taste and that escolar is sometimes called butterfish. My mom LOVED this dish. I did happen to get a bite and I thought it was very good as well. So today, I wanted to do some research on escolar since I had never heard of it. I was surprised by what I found. Here is an article that I came across: http://www.thekitchn.com/use-caution-...
Overall, ABG was as I expected and will definitely return again sometime this summer. However, I will not be having the escolar!