Last night our party of seven (including two kids) celebrated my mother in law's 79th birthday at Moonshadows. She wanted seafood by the ocean, and not Ocean Ave Seafood, so there you are. We went early to see the sunset at around 5:45, which luckily for us, was not something that came out of the kitchen, so it was lovely.
The menu has definitely changed from when I was last there, probably a decade ago. It's now "fancier," with pan-Asian/California cuisine aspirations. The food was mediocre. The service was abysmal, and the place was not half full, so no excuses there.
We started with some salads -- the house salad was your standard mix of bagged greens with a nice honey mustard vinaigrette. I ordered the "hearts of Romaine" et al, which really was a barely serviceable Caesar. They brought me the spinach salad by mistake, and then took another ten minutes to bring out the correct salad.
I ordered the salmon, which came with a sort of crushed pineapple chutney, on top of spinach and mashed yukon gold potatoes. Potatoes were excellent. Spinach did not taste fresh, and the salmon was fishy. Mother in law had the same thing. My partner had the tiger shrimp in a red curry sauce, with additional things. FAther in law had that as well. Shrimp were tasteless. My sister in law, who can be a real challenge at eating time, ordered a house salad, undressed, which tasted as expected. She ordered the escolar BOILED, with no butter or sauce of any kind. It came with butter on it, and it was sent back. As was the children's pasta of the day which was ordered with tomato sauce and came with butter on it instead. It took a full 20 minutes to get the correct pasta after that. We were told it was being made "fresh."
I got my drinks at the bar.
Our server apparently despised us, challenged us every time we pointed out that the incorrect item had been brought, and service was exceptionally slow from the get go. We requested dessert menus TWICE and were pointedly ignored. I complained to the hostess, who was as worthless as the rest of the staff.
The decaf coffees were good, but we suspect were NOT actually decaf. The one dessert we did get for my mother in law's birthday was a very very tasty hazelnut/chocolate souflee.
There is a nice outside bar area, with the de rigeur wooden futons and faux cabanas for lounging. Great view.
Ocean Avenue Seafood next time.