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Brunch at the Blue Moon Fish Company - Fort Lauderdale

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Brunch at the Blue Moon Fish Company - Fort Lauderdale

Randy K. Lay | Aug 9, 2005 03:52 PM

I had long anticipated a Sunday Brunch at Blue Moon and am sorry to say I came away disappointed. If looks were everything this place would garner high marks, with a waterfront view and an art deco motif the beauty is in the details of the carved wood and frosted glass “underwater” theme. This commitment to quality however was lost somewhere between the aloof hostess and the kitchen door.

The bread station was striking but sadly none of the breads we sampled were fresh. The salad bar was mostly pre-made salads that were a little too obviously pre-made with wilted lettuces, tomatoes that were disintegrating into the watery dressing and melon cubes too hard in the middle but mushy and transparent at the edges.

At the raw bar the shrimp were tiny and difficult to peel. The raw oysters had not been loosened from the shell and the shells were filthy! My wife and I both found ourselves wiping black muck off our hands and asking for a fresh linen napkin.

The idea of being able to order several “sampler” entrees from the kitchen is a great idea but most of these seemed pre-cooked and kept warm way too long or just badly prepared…A Seafood Risotto was nicely flavored but the shrimp & clams were overcooked to the point of being dried out, the Crab Cakes were dry and who ever heard of al-dente beans? Meatloaf? Dry! Blackened Mahi Mahi? Dry! Do you sense a theme here?

In the interest of fairness I will say that the Louisiana Seafood Gumbo was excellent, “Bryce’s Own Garlic Steamed Mussels” were very good and the omelet bar was definitely a highlight.

At $30.00 a person I expected to be impressed, unfortunately the overall experience was largely unimpressive.

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