Restaurants & Bars

Passion Fish in Pacific Grove (long)

jaweino | Mar 23, 200212:24 AM    

We finally made it to Passion Fish, and are very happy we did.

The place is divided into three rooms, the decor is nothing special, the room we were in had a copy o fa Van Gogh sunflower painting on the back wall and just off white walls and windows on a view of a side street.
It was relatively noisy, and we were happy to be back in a corner.

The menu is printed new every day so there are no off-menu specials. The entrees consisted of seven fish dishes, one pasta, two poultry and three meat dishes. There were also a good selection of appetizers and salads.

The wine list is very extensive and reasonably priced. It has won a Wine Spectator award. There are six wines by the glass ranging in price from $5 to $8. There was also one of the best selections of half bottles I have ever seen. We opted for a half bottle of Morgan Pinot Noir 2000. Actually the wine list said 1999, and the 2000 was brought without a word. That was the only real glitch in the service. The waitress was very good at explaining the menu and being helpful without being intrusive.

For appetizers we had Coconut crusted prawns with black pepper-rum sauce and Mussels steamed in a spicy cilantro broth. The prawns were nice and crisp on the outside with the coconut not the least bit burnt and juicy and flavorful on the inside. The sauce was very complex and tasty, and not at all hot. The mussels were cooked just right and the broth was a very tasty accompionment.

There were three of us. For enrees we had Pacific Swordfish served on a warm Mediteranean style salad, Fresh Dungeness Crab simmered with asparagus in a warm fish consomme with an herb custard, and Alaskan Halibut with a caper-raisin-walnut relish. The swordfish was a lovely piece of firm swodfish cooked so that it was still moist and flavorful on a warm salad o beans, green beans, and red bell peppers. The whole thing was delicious. I thought it was the best of the three. The crab was out of the shell in a nice fish sauce witha herb flavored gelatany custard that seemed to have some of the crab chiton in it. Itwas good.

The Halibut was cooked so that it remained moist and flavorful. The relish was tasty and a little sweet. It was served on a bed of rice and surrounded by some baby lima beans. I thought the rice was a little overcooked and mushy, but the dish as a whole worked and was quite tasty.

For dessert we had Chocolate Truffle Torte with blackberry coulis that was everything we could have hoped for. The torte was rich and chocolatey without being overly sweet, and the blackberry coulis was a refreshing acompianment.

The bill includind tax came to$98.98. We are already planning our return visit.

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