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Inland Empire Alert: Decent Seafood Has Arrived

Chino Wayne | Nov 21, 2005 02:30 PM

Previously the choices for seafood in this neck of the woods were the lame Crabby Bob's (which morphed in to Honolulu Harry's), Red Lobster, or the limited selection at Black Angus. I am very happy to confirm that yes, that is a branch of the King seafood empire that has opened up at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.

While Chowhounds will probably all agree that the King's venues don't measure up to their flag ship, Water Grill, believe me, this is a welcome addition to the dining deprived wasteland out here. Finally some place where we can chose from a decent array of seafood.

So when the Mrs. got home from church yesterday afternoon and slipped in to something less "churchy" and more "elegant casual" (I had already donned my relaxation mode duds, black shorts, black polo shirt and the deck shoes that the Mrs. mistakenly believes are too large for my shruken feet), we clambered in to Herman and headed out to Rancho C.

We got in to the restaurant at about 3:30 for an early dinner, the place was already doing a brisk business, both inside and on the adjacent covered patio. I liked the decor, sort of a 1940's look, the tile floor made it a bit noisy, but so what, that just meant that the Mrs. had to sit next to me, as opposed to across the table from me so we could hear each other. Not a bad situation when you have the right dining companion.

The Mrs. ordered a Danish walnut salad and the coconut shrimp entree. For my part I started with two pieces each of tuna, yellowtail and shrimp sushi, a small dinner salad, and the broiled Ono.

The Danish walnut salad was some nice looking greens, with candied walnuts strewn on top and with a nice sized wedge of blue cheese. I got to taste the cheese, and I probably could have made a meal out of that, it was good. The Mrs. had as her two sides to the standard coconut shrimp, roasted fresh corn, and a vegetable medley. The corn had been roasted on the cobb and then removed in to a bowl by the kitchen. The corn was very nice, very sweet tasting. I scored all of the vegetable medley (veggies are a major bulk and nutritional component of my one solid food meal a day). The medley consisted of some steamed brocolli, cauliflower, yellow and green squash - nothing remarkable.

I enjoyed my sushi, and since the Mrs. did not have her close-up glasses on, she did not even get squeemish looking at those fresh morsels from the sea. The Ono was a small piece, probably about four ounces with grill marks. This was my first time for this fish and I thought it was fairly tastey. It did seem a bit "dry" to me, but it still had a nice, char grilled flavor. I elected to have a double order of sauteed spinach for my two sides. Unlike the steamed vegetables, the spinach was cooked to order, and had a bit of garlic. Those were very nice green leaves, I could have eaten a couple of more portions.

We accompanied our meal with a bottle of Chateau St. Michele Riesling which is just right for our unsophisticated wine pallates, and right up our alley on the sweetness scale. The Mrs. had a creme brulee for dessert, I did allow myself two teaspoons of this, and it was very good, and a much larger portion that what we have been used to seeing. We also each had a cappucino and I ended it with a slug of Tia Maria.

The service was good, the ambiance relaxing and for all of the above and we got out for only $84.45 plus tax.

We left about 5:00, and had a nice walk around Victoria Gardens in the twilight, with a couple of stops at Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel. We will return to King's Fish House in Rancho Cucamonga, a very welcome addition to the local dining scene.

Link: http://www.kingsfishhouse.com/

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