Roejimmy, his sister, my SO and I had what may have been our best meal ever at East Coast Grill last night. On being led to the Lava Lounge, we all seemed to be saying "pupu platter" before our butts hit the seats, and on review of the menu, the specials, and the "extra specials" shared by the waitress, decided we were just going to order a bunch of stuff for the table and share everything. So ...
A dozen oysters (Roejimmy, you'll have to fill in the details) were super fresh, sweet, and briny. Great start with a little fresh horseradish and some kind of mignonette for dipping.
Next, two orders of the crispy soft shell crab, each being a single crab, ultra light, crispy, and oh so flavorful, served a top a small salad of baby spinach and pickled roasted red peppers (I think).
Next, the pupu platter. So good. Two ribs in some kind of sweet Asian glaze (I'm sure I'm not doing the menu justice with these descriptions ... bear with me). Two coconut shrimp, the massive U10 or U8 sized, ultra fresh, light and crispy, with some kind of sweet Asian dipping sauce. 6 or 8 hot and crispy chicken wings, also in another Asian glaze of some sort. Two thin slices of beef on skewers a la teriyaki, but not. And a mound of mussels in a coconut milk broth with ginger and scallions.
Altogether, every last bite of the appetizers was so fresh, so flavorful, so good, we each periodically muttered something along the lines of "yum" or "this place is so good."
Then the entrees. Fried fresh fish of the day were scallops. Golf-ball sized sea scallops, deep fried to perfection, on a mound of "Damned Good Fries" which are appropriately named, plus a side of traditional cole slaw.
A small plate of 4 spare ribs was definitely a smart decision. 8 would have been way too many. Especially given our final entree, grand-daddy of them all ...
The 2 and a quarter pound, hand-cut bone-in ribeye. Oh baby. Also a good decision, given the options of 2.25, 2.5 or 3 pounds. A really fantastic piece of meat, with my only quibble being that it also came with fries. The fries are damned good, but two orders was overkill.
Altogether, including two cocktails a piece, the bill came to about $280 including 20% tip for the four of us. Certainly not cheap, but man was it good. Also, all of our guesses on the price of the steak were HIGHER than the actual price of $36.