I love seafood and will never turn down an invitation to eat it, especially if it’s sustainable and well prepared. However, I don’t eat much of it here in Albuquerque. The seafood restaurant choices are few and far between. That’s to be expected given the city’s distance from the coast. Limitations in fresh fish selections and variety definitely exist. However, there’s good news- Bonefish Grill (BFG) located at the Coronado Mall opened its doors this week. Head over to BFG to get your FRESH FISH!!
BFG was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida over 10 years ago. The restaurant specializes in market fresh fish cooked over a wood-burning grill. They are committed to serving the highest quality fresh ingredients and providing creative seasonal dishes.
The Turquoise Table was invited to a media preview lunch at Bonefish Grill so we’d like to share with you what we discovered. As we entered via the revolving door, we were immediately greeted with an impressive bar on the left. The décor is clean and modern. Neutral browns and wood paneling provide a warm and cozy ambiance, which provides a nice contrast to the glassware at the bar and the sparkling glass wall art. Customers have several options for seating ranging from booths, open tables, community tables, and outdoor seating. The space offers versatility to accommodate a meal with friends and family, date night with a special person, girls’ night out and even business clients. The bar is the main focal point of the place and can be viewed from all the dining areas allowing for a nice flow of energy around the restaurant. This is a well stocked bar and if all their cocktails are as good as the Hawaiian and Espresso Martinis we had, there’s no doubt that this will be the place to meet up for drinks!
Being this was a media preview, BFG put together a very nice presentation of what they can offer. Not only did we get to sample food but we also enjoyed wine pairings- nice job! The appetizers consisted of a new addition, Twisted Edamame Hummus (it’s really good hummus), and an all-time favorite, the Bang Bang Shrimp (love that name!). Both were delicious but I think the Bang Bang shrimp has made me a fan not only for its name but also for its creamy, spicy flavor- a nice change from the usual fried calamari.
The second course was equally delicious. If you’re in the mood for a salad, the Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad will satisfy your appetite. It’s a fusion of Asian and Southwest flavors so you will find crisp greens with black beans, roasted corn, crispy tortilla strips topped with a grilled shrimp and dressed with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. The next offering, Lobster Roll Sliders, is why I’ll be back to Bonefish Grill. The creamy lobster pieces cradled in an authentic New England roll was a mouthful of goodness to the very last bite!
For the main feature, we were lucky to sample a trio of fish prepared three different ways. It’s always a treat when a seafood lover like myself gets to have Chilean Sea Bass, Seared Ahi Tuna, and Wild Pacific Salmon all on the same plate. Bonefish Grill is known for their wood grilled fish and complimentary Special Signature sauces- Pan Asian, Lemon Butter, Chimichurri and Mango Salsa. This winning combination was a delight to experience. The seared Ahi tuna was nicely paired with a passion fruit salsa (aka Spicy Tuna Bowl), the Dynamite Salmon (sockeye, currently featured on the Specials Board) was topped with a spicy sauce and served on a bed of rice, and the Misoyaki Sea Bass was nicely grilled and drizzled with a simple sauce served with haricot verts. The menu boasts of more delicious entrees, like crab cakes and steaks for the meat lover.
We completed our meal with a key lime pie paired with an Espresso Martini. The gluten free guests were served a really good looking crème brûlée. I must confess that I have eaten key lime pie only a handful of times. But, I know a good dessert when I taste one. The BFG key lime pie brought on a second wind for me, so even though I was stuffed, I managed to eat most of the pie. It was rich and velvety, tangy and sweet, with a roasted pecan crust and a dollop of cream. What a wonderful way to end a meal!
As you can see, Bonefish Grill has all the right stuff to be a successful seafood restaurant in Albuquerque. Bonefish Grill will definitely be on my list of restaurants to go to. I look forward to bringing my family and meeting up with my friends there!
- Sign up online for the BFG Insider to get notice of new menu items or special events.
- Gluten-friendly menu is available
- Tuesday Tail Night- have a lobster feast.
- Wednesday is Bang Night- spice up your meal with lots of Bang Bang shrimp.
- Don’t forget Sunday brunch!
Date visited: July 28, 2014