No, this one is not in Rowlett or Rockwall – but we do occasionally venture out of the lake cities. 🙂 Since Tom was in L.A. for TechEd on Mother’s Day, he made it up to me by taking me out for dinner last night. We found this restaurant through the OpenTable web site; it was one of the handful that give you 1000 points for dining there.
The first challenge was finding the place. Do not put the restaurant’s address into your GPS or Google Maps. The problem (which I found out when we finally gave up and called them to plead for directions) is that the street they’re on is an “unregistered” street within the Shops at Legacy. So all the mapping software tries to take you to another Lone Star Drive that’s miles away. Getting there is actually very simple if you know that: from the Lake Ray Hubbard area, just take the George Bush Turnpike to the Dallas North Tollway, go north to Legacy, and it’s in the shopping center on the northeast corner of Legacy and Dallas Parkway (yes, it’s quite a ways, but it wasn’t a bad Memorial Day drive).
The exterior of the building isn’t particularly impressive, but it is located in a nice setting, right across from the fountains.
The interior is very nice, in a “New York modern” sort of way. There are lots of fresh flowers, and very comfortable chairs/booths. We got there early (5:00 p.m.) so we had the place to ourselves at first. Consequently, service was excellent, since there were at least six or seven employees for us two customers.
Things didn’t get off to a great start. I asked for a frozen piña colada and was told they couldn’t do that (shades of Seattle). They also didn’t have White Zinfandel, my preferred wine. I ended up just drinking water.
But we were there for the food, not to drink. The menu offered a pretty nice selection.
I started out with the calamari. It was nothing out of the ordinary, but the squid was tender, not tough, the batter was light, and they get points for the citrusy tasting mayo-based dipping sauce.
Tom’s appetizer was half a dozen oysters. Going purely on the amount of food you get for the bucks, I came out way ahead with the calamari, but he seemed to enjoy them.
As the entree, I picked the “simply grilled” swordfish with new potatoes and wilted spinach, with a side of lemon and brown butter sauce. This proved to be a brilliant choice, as it was some of the best swordfish I’ve had in a long time, and the sauce was delicious on both the fish and the potatoes.
Tom chose the red snapper in a red curry-lemongrass broth on a bed of jasmine rice with papaya salsa. His was prettier than mine, but I doubt it tasted any better.
We also shared a side of “broccolini,” which is not, as the name might imply, a martini with a broccoli garnish. 🙂 According to Wikipedia, it’s:
Although the portions looked a little small at first, we agreed that the size was actually just right. I was comfortably full by the time I finished (every bite of) my swordfish and Tom cleaned up his plate as well, but neither of us had room left for dessert.
The tab came to a little over $96 (before tip) – not cheap, considering we had no alcohol, but not outrageous, either. We’ve certainly paid more before for less food – and more importantly, food that was not nearly as good. I give it four stars (and might just go for five if they bought a blender and/or started stocking White Zinf).
You can check out the restaurant’s web site at http://www.coastglobalseafood.com/ , which comes complete with nice soft jazz music. We missed the live jazz, which is only on Friday and Saturday nights, but actually enjoyed the quiet atmosphere that made it easy to converse and enjoy the food.