M Waterfront Grille opened at the Venetian Shops, in the space previously occupied by Maxwell's on the Bay. They call their cuisine "cutting edge Continental," and the chef, Brian Roland, arrived from Cru, one of my favorites. The setting is beautiful, with nice views of the bay and the decor is comfortably contemporary.
We enjoyed local watermelon salad with shaved fennel and red onion, goat cheese, candied pine nuts, arugula, balsamic, red oak and micro lime basil. It was very busy but quite tasty. I liked their version of escargot, with wild mushrooms, wilted spinach, boursin cream garlic and butter brushed french baguette.
Entrees were stellar. MsRev had Orange-miso galzed seabass with goat cheese dumplings, apple smoked bacon, bay broccolini, and florida orange broth. The fish was cooked perfectly medium rare and the dumplings were like silk. I had two succulent tiger prawns grilled over heirloom tomato risotto, meyer lemon oil and roasted garlic dipping sauce. This is a simple preparation but worked perfectly because the prawns were pristine and undercooked a bit. Great risotto. I loved this dish.
We were too full for dessert.
Prices are moderate to high but well worth the sophisticated cuisine served to you with a great view. Service was efficient, however the restaurant was nearly empty on a Sunday at 6pm. In these economic times it's tough for a new restaurant, added to the construction taking place in the mall. M deserves to survive and should get as much support as possible.