My boyfriend and I drove cross country from California to NY four years ago. Â Along the way, we saw signs for the Bonefish Grill restaurant, but never stopped there. Â I looked up their menu online and really wanted to try it there. Â But by that time it was too late. Â Not too long ago though, one opened up about half an hour from home. Â We’re not big mall shoppers (like only when it’s an absolute necessity). Â The mall is extremely busy and it’s nearly impossible trying to get a parking space near dinner time, unless you want to pay for valet. Â Which we don’t. Â Bargain Hounds don’t pay for free parking
I’ve been telling my boyfriend that I really want to try this restaurant. Â My birthday is this week and he’s been asking me where I wanted to go, and I was going to tell him I finally wanted to try Bonefish Grill. Â Well, to my surprise, I was selected through Tomoson to receive a gift box from Bonefish Grill, which included a gift card, in return for a review.
Within days, I received this awesome package!
But what’s in it, right? Â I didn’t know what they were sending me in the box, so I was very anxious to see what was in it!
I received a copy of their new menu, some recipe cards, some blue fish gummy candy, and a $50 Bonefish Grill gift card! Â Woohoo!
We wasted NO time to finally try out Bonefish Grill. Â I knew they had a new menu, as this was part of their blog campaign, so I thoroughly researched their new menu online before our dinner out. Â A lot of things on their menu sounded good to me, and I was not exactly sure what I would be getting.
We made reservations for 7:15 and got there about 1/2 an hour early, mainly so we could find a parking space. Â To our surprise, we found one rather quickly. Â We went in early just in case they couldÂ seat usÂ earlier than our reservation time, but we ended up getting seated at about 7:13. Â Which was ok with us, they were really busy!
The ambiance of the restaurant was really nice. Â The decor had an Asian flare toÂ it (and so does their menu) and there was a flameless candle at each table. Â It’s a good thing they had the candles at the tables, because it was so dark, we would not have been able to read our menus otherwise!
Our server’s name was Chris (same name as my boyfriend, so easy to remember!) Â and he was exceptionally helpful and friendly. Â He took our drink orders (just soda for us) and we ordered appetizers. Â Shortly afterwards, he brought us out some sliced bread and an oil/pesto mixture to dip it in. Â This bread was delicious! Â It was hot and crispy on the outside, and warm and soft on th inside. Â I’m not one Â to try something I’m unsure of, but I did try the oil and it was really good.
This is the only picture I took without the flash.
It wasn’t too long before our appetizers arrived. Â I ordered calamari, and Chris ordered crab cakes. Â My calamari was delicious! Â They were very lightly battered and very crispy, just how I like them. Â Chris’s crab cakes came with a dipping sauce which he also really liked, even though he said it was really spicy. Â He usually doesn’t like spicy things, but he said it was really good.
My calamari also came with a dipping sauce. Â I usually eat my calamari just plain but I did try the sauce and I thought the sauce was really sweet, so I just ate them without the sauce. Â I did accidentally eat a fried red pepper though, because it was so dark I couldn’t see what I was eating. Â I don’t like cooked peppers in any way, shape or form, so that was not a pleasant surprise or taste for my palate, lol. Â Â But the calamari themselves were absolutely delicious.
After we finished our appetizers, it did take at least a half an hour for our entrees to come out. Â I’m assuming because it was so busy in there.
And I will tell you – it was worth the wait!
Chris ordered the ribeye steak (well done) with asparagus and Au Gratin potatoes. Â Â He said it was one of the best steaks he ever had. Â (The 13 oz. steak was $27, so it better have been good!) Â Â When the server brought out our entrees, he asked Chris to cut open his steak to make sure it was cooked correctly. Â Which I do like when they ask that, but unless they gave him a flashlight, it was nearly impossible to tell. Â Â Chris enjoyed every part of his entree. Â He said the Au Gratin potatoes were creamy and cheesy and delicious, and he said the asparagus were delicious too. Â And when he was eating his steak, I have to quote him. Â “This steak is so good, it’s enough to make a grown man cry”. Â He might not have actually cried, but he absolutely loved the steak.
So for my entree, I ordered the wood-grilled scallops and shrimp in a lemon butter sauce, with a side of garlic whipped potatoes and jasmine rice. Â The rice was very much like Asian sticky rice with a hint of jasmine, and the flavor was very nice. Â The garlic whipped potatoes were very creamy and you could really taste the garlic in them. Â I love garlic, so I thought they were really good. Â If you aren’t a big fan of garlic you will probably not like them though.
But the wood-grilled scallops and shrimp? Â Oh my. Â Hands down, they were the best shrimp and scallops I’ve ever had. Â The wood-grilled taste was unbelievable, and the lemon butter sauce they put on top of them just about sent me over the edge. Â AtÂ first bite I was so glad I decided on this as my main course. I would, without hesitation, order this entree again.
Now here’s something we almost never do. Â We saw some desserts come out at the tables around us and got curious about their desserts. Â Chris was torn between the Jamaican Coconut Pie and the Key Lime Pie, and I was torn between the Jamaican Coconut Pie and the Macadamia Nut brownie with ice cream dessert. Â We ended up each ordering a piece of the Coconut Pie. Â The description was “Jen’s Jamaican Coconut PieÂ creamy custard, rum sauce + whipped cream”. Â The picture on their menu looked creamy and we both really wanted that.
When it arrived, we were a little surprised. Â Or maybe a lot surprised. Â There was no custard whatsoever, and it was not creamy at all. Â It wasn’t even a pie. Â It was dry like a macaroon all the way through, with whipped cream on top, and a little sauce drizzled over the corner of it and on the plate. Â The sauce tasted like it was not cooked all the way. Â You could feel the texture of the sugar granules in it becauseÂ the sugarÂ never dissolved in the sauce, which I’m assuming is because the sauce wasn’t cooked long enough. Â It tasted like theÂ beginning stage of caramel, like when you are waiting for the brown sugar and butter to thicken. Â The coconut was so dry and thick, I couldn’t even eat it. Â So I was really disappointed in the dessert. Â Especially since we almost never eat dessert. Â We were both wishing we had tried something else for desssert, and when we go back, we will most definitely try a different dessert.
Overall, this was a $90 meal for the two of us. But thanks to Bonefish Grill and our $50 gift card, it ended up being a $40 meal. Â We did leave feeling very full and pleased with our meals overall.
If you haven’t checked out Bonefish Grill, you should! Â They have a great new menu and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love. Â Check out their restaurant locator to see where the nearest Bonefish Grill is to you.
Have you tried Bonefish Grill’s new menu yet? Â Comment below and let me know what your favorite entree is!
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