We went to Passionfish in Pacific Grove over the weekend for the first time. We had high expectations and weren't disappointed.
They held our reservation for 30 minutes because we were delayed getting there - not a problem at all. None of this guilt trip some restaurants lay on you. The place was packed and they turned people away who didn't already have reservations.
We started out with crab cakes with a lime salsa. The crab cake was a lightly fried loosely packed patty and very tasty - the lime salsa wasn't overpowering and was a nice complement to the crab. Our other appetizer was lightly breaded & fried calamari with an spicy orange-cilantro dipping sauce. The calamari was cooked to perfection & melted in your mouth. No rubber bands. We then split a basic green salad with basil dressing which wasn't too inspiring but fine. Only problem was there a was a dusting of bacon bits which wasn't on the menu.
Our entrees were a grilled swordfish topped with a caper, raisin, and pecan compote. Served with some sticky rice & edamame. The fish was great & the compote was perfectly balanced. THe edamame was a little undercooked. My entree was the seafood stew - mussels, salmon, and sea bass in a butternut squash broth with spinach-ricotta gnocchi. The amount of fish I got was huge but it was too much. The fish was extremely fresh and good but the broth was underwhelming - the sweetness of the squash was lost and there was no depth of flavor. The gnocchi were a little gummy and really didn't add to the dish. THe only disappointment.
We finished with a tropical fruit creme brulee and bosc pears poached in a cabernet w/ice cream. The desserts were solid but not spectacular. The coffee was a little on the weak side but on the right track.
Overall, it was a good restaurant with great seafood. They had a duck confit & other various meats on the menu & a vegetarian pasta. We will probably go again in the future.