It felt like we were being unfaithful, my girlfriend said. "We should go over there and say hi," I joked.
We were in Cypress...in the parking lot of our favorite restaurant: Cafe Hiro (see previous posts on the subject). But we weren't going to Cafe Hiro. Instead, we were going to try California Fish Grill, and do it we will, dammit!
So we did. We dutifully walked from our car to California Fish Grill's door, Cafe Hiro still in our peripheral vision. We swung the door open and looked around. It wasn't what we expected at all. It's a casual place. You order at the front counter, pay, and they give you a number card and a metal stand to prop it up on the table that you chosoe yourself. It's like a Wahoo's Fish Taco. They even have fish tacos on the menu. And there's a salsa bar and a beverage bar like any casual dining establishment.
And the prices were quite reasonable too. Nothing over $10, while most hovered around $8.
I ordered the Grilled Ahi Tuna for $8.49. The ahi steak came was served on top of mound of skinny fries which were dusted with parsley. A scoop of coleslaw and a slice of french bread came with it too. The fish was nicely cooked (not rare, although I could've probably asked for it). Grill marks were evident. The flesh was flaky, sweet, and not at all fishy. It was simply glazed with garlic butter, which imparted a nice garlicky sweetness and richness.
A meal like this would probably have set me back at least $15.00 at King's Fish House or Fish Market. What a deal! But don't worry Cafe Hiro, nothing can replace you.
California Fish Grill
10569 Valley View St
Cypress, CA 90630