Eddie V’s was recommend to us by several people so I knew this was a place I had to try. We tried to go Thursday night at 6:30pm but without a reservation they where booked solid until 8:30pm. We decided to head somewhere else and come back today making an early reservation at 5:30pm. This restaurant originally started out in Austin, Texas then quickly spread and now has 2 sister restaurants as well. Each location features a few tweaks to the menu making it fit the region with fresh seafood and flavor.
My first impression of walking in felt like I was in a New York night club. I love the decor my only complaint was it was a little too dark. The waiters do have flashlights to highlight things on the menu as well as show the bottle of wine when it arrives at your table. Loved the bread they serve you as you wait, but why oh why can’t they cut the slices all the way through?? I also hate that the butter is hard as a rock.
We started out with Chef Bill’s Sashimi Tasting (Pristine and Impeccably Fresh, Prepared to Your Order Served with traditional Garnishes of Soy, Ginger and Wasabi $Market – $21.90) I didn’t really think it was worth it, but the fish was super fresh. Our waiter Chuck informed us that they get fresh fish in daily unlike other restaurants that get 1 or 2 shipments in a week. The highlight was the house made pickled cucumber and the house made ginger. I’m not a ginger person, but I’m glad I tried this because it was really really good.
We also decided to try the Maine Lobster and Shrimp Bisque (Fresh Maine Lobster, Cream and Cognac) $7.90 This bisque might not appeal to everyone as most places have a thicker cream base. Eddie V’s sticks with the traditional thinner bisque which highlights the natural flavors with the Cognac. I thought is was delicious except the guy with the pepper grinder got carried away and added too much.
My hubby and I are huge fans of sea base, so I was excited to see they had 2 different options of the fish. I picked the Chilean Sea Bass (Roasted Crisp Lemon-White Wine Broth with Garlic and Scallions) $ Market – $33.90. All I can say is WOW. The chef here knows how to cook fish. The portions are 8 ounces of fish and very flaky. The sauce you don’t really taste with the fish. Usually you’ll see heavy cream sauces paired with fish so they can A mask the taste of the fish or B coat the fish so you can taste it. The best way to taste this sauce is soaking the bread in it, so yummy!
D picked the Chilean Sea Bass (Steamed “Hong Kong” Style Light Soy-Sherry Broth and Sesame Spinach) $ Market – $33.90. Usually this bass is steamed which makes it a “Hong Kong” style and not flaky. We opted to have the bass cooked the same as mine which is pan seared and finished in the oven. One of our favorite version of sea bass is at McCormick and Schmick’s Chilean Sea Bass Miso Broth, Udon Noodles, Stir Fry Vegetables. We both have to say that this dish just bumped up the list above McCormick’s! I love how the Asian flavors really marry so well with this fish.
We where really wanting to try the Truffled Macaroni and Cheese $7.90, but after all the food we had we didn’t want to over stuff ourselves. Chuck suggested we at least order a half portion which isn’t listed on the menu (This is a good tip to ask if they offer half portions if you want to try a couple of items and even better when it’s half the price!). I honestly could eat a huge bowl of this macaroni! It really brought us back to Italy with the truffle oil used in the dish. There’s a huge difference in flavor when people use “truffled infused olive oil” and “truffled olive oil”.
We where going to pass on dessert, but couldn’t resist the featured dessert of the evening which was Bananas Foster Cake Flambé Table Side, Home Made Butter Pecan Ice Cream and Whipped Cream $7.90. Another dish that blew me away. I loved the ice cream and I loved the way they incorporated a flambé into a cake, making it more different and appealing then a typical banana flambé.
Over all I would definitely be coming back here. The prices may seem a little high for some people, but the freshness of the fish and attention to detail won’t be a disappointment. Don’t forget to ask about half portions of their side dishes and be sure to check out their site for promotions going on and also sign up for their rewards card.