I arrived home to find a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Allen and a hand-made card from my daughter. Ahhhhh, it was my birthday. :)I am never big on celebration of any sort, especially for my birthday. And now as I get older and older, I really would much rather forget I was getting another year older. Nevertheless, a birthday dinner reservation was made in my honor.
Allen had photographed for Bistango’s new beer/wine pairing menus a few weeks back and got to sample a few of them and quite liked it. So it was no surprise that he suggested visiting it again. After all, we really love one of its sister restaurant, Bayside in Newport Beach. You can find my past posts here, here, and here. Yes, 3 posts. That’s how much we liked it.
While we looked over the menu, warm bread and butter were served. These baguette slices were really good. The crust was crunchy but the bread soft with a tiny chewy texture.
The Sashimi of Yellow Fin Tuna looked beautiful! However, the texture of the tuna was not as tender as I expected. The cucumber salad underneath was very nice though. I didn’t taste the spiciness in the vinaigrette instead it was from the jalapeno pepper slices.
The Crab and Lobster Cake was excellent! I especially appreciated that it was pan-grilled and not fried. The Roasted Tomato-Peppers Relish complimented it so well as did the Lemon Vinaigrette.
In an effort to eat healthier, I decided on Baked Chilean Sea Bass (Exotic Mushroom Risotto, Asparagus, Truffle Essence, Concord Grape Demi-Glace Reduction). I’ve had excellent Sea Bass before and was really eager to try it here. The presentation was beautiful. However one bite into it, I was a little disappointed. It was over-cooked so the fish was dry and stringy, not at all tender like I expected. It did have a few spots where it was tender but 80% of it was not. Despite the nice sauce and Mushroom Risotto it was accompanied, it was a let down. My other guest ordered the same dish and his was over-cooked as well.
We over indulged on the desserts and order 4 plus a special dessert for the birthday girl, yours truly. Be warned; all the desserts were quite big. I think 2 people could share 1. The Chocolate Souffle was good, but I wish the crust was a little chewy like the one at Roy’s. The Creme Brulee looked really good as did the Tiramisu but I was too stuffed to try. The Trio Ice Cream Puffs were good, but nothing special. I did appreciate the nice gesture of the restaurant for the special birthday treat.
I had great companies that really made my birthday special.OpenTable.com.