In a coup for San Fernando Valley, Bonefish Grill has opened their first location in Los Angeles at the Northridge Fashion Center, and EncinoMom was there! At last there is an upscale seafood restaurant in the valley! Now in 34 states, Bonefish Grill clearly has perfected their connection with the public, by combining high quality customer service (that isn’t snobbishly intimidating), with excellent seafood.
The sleek modern interior is soothing with wood tones, but not fussily ornate. It is simple without being simplistic, classy without being uptight. We knew immediately we were going to have a good time!
Do not resist the famous “Bang Bang Shrimp.” You will see them on your plate, and then they’ll be gone. Tender shrimp in a perfect spicy sauce, it’s a great way to start your meal.
Another option with this crustacean is the Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad. Cool and refreshing, a great balance of flavors between the shrimp, black beans, feta cheese, and red onions. This was expertly paired with a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. There are 30 wines by the glass, so the friendly “Anglers” (the service staff), can suggest many different varietals to please your palate.
We then tried the decadent Lobster Roll Sliders, served with house-made potato chips. You can really taste the lobster, generous chunks are snuggled into fresh bread. Alternating bites of lobster with authentically crispy chips will eliminate most conversation from your table!
A glass of the Conundrum Red Blend wine was offered as the accompaniment to the Ocean Mixed Grill (Seared Ahi Tuna, Wild Pacific King Salmon and Chilean Sea Bass). Here again, instead of following rigid (and incorrect) myths about seafood, such as white wine being the only possible pairing, Bonefish Grill charts their own delicious path based on detailed knowledge of a whole range of taste profiles, from wine to fish, including non-seafood choices.
I don’t know about you, but if I see the words “roasted pecan crust” anywhere on a menu, I’m ordering it. In this case, the adjacent words happened to be “Key Lime Pie.” Served on a chilled plate, navigating smartly between tart and sweet, we ended our meal in silent appreciation.
For those who prefer cocktails, don’t worry, there is a full array for your exploration. The fresh, sugar-rimmed, Grapefruit Martini (Infused Kettel One vodka and Ruby Red grapefruits, finished with a hint of basil) is a gentle variation of the classic Greyhound cocktail. And the Espresso Martini (Svedka Vanilla vodka, Kahlúa, Crème de Cacao, espresso) was a real cocktail of complexity for adults. Not overly sweet, balanced so that you can actually taste the rich notes of the espresso. I was truly impressed by their restraint. The last thing we need is another restaurant serving cocktails that taste like candy bars.
Bonefish Grill is conveniently located across from the Pacific Theatres (Northridge Fashion Center 10), with plenty of parking. A fun coincidence is that having originated in Florida, Bonefish Grill is located at 9301 Tampa Ave. We’ll see you there! I’ll be at the bar with the Espresso Martini!