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Sea Blue in AC last night

seal | Jun 18, 200703:02 AM

I love Michael Mina. I have had wonderful meals in three of his restaurants out west in the past. Even though the last time I ate at Sea Blue I had a less than stellar experience, I was very willing to give it another shot.

The bread and three dips was very good to start as we had our drinks. We wanted to share lots of things so we had a fried trio sampler, a steamed sampler, and a soup sampler to start. Starting with the worst, the fried lobster corn dogs were terrible, with no trace of lobster taste and the fried shrimp were more Arthur Treacher's than anything else. The soft shell crab was a few notches above both of them, but waaaay too much batter for such a small crab.

The steamed dishes were underwhelming as well - so much so that I couldn't tell you, if pressed, just what was on the sampler. I was too busy concentrating on the soups. But even those (which were good) were far from the Michael Mina standard.

I had the tagine of lamb chops, which was kind of in the same boat as the soup, good but nothing to write about. We also got a fruit de mer tagine in which the scallops were mushy. Our server noticed that we were having issues with the dish and they did offer us a free desert. This is a very well-run house after all and much kudos to the staff.

But, all in all, upon leaving I had the feeling that this was money (lots of it) poorly spent. I have spent a lot more money in Micheal Mina's places before and always thought it well worth it, but this was not. Worth the money? Hah - this wasn't even worth the calories.

If you must go there, stick to the wood grilled meats and the lobster pot pie and maybe the soups.

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