We had a lovely double-date experience at Water Grill. We started with cocktails, fresh oysters and stone crab claws (first of the season). Two members of our party ordered the same cocktail and upon delivery, one was noticeably more well-crafted than the other. We sent the one back with a busboy and when it returned, it was only half-heartidly fixed. Thankfully, our server quickly fixed the situation and everything was uphill after that moment. Our oysters included the Tomahawks and Mermaid Cove's, (all east coast). They were wonderfully briny and super fresh. The crab claws did not dissapoint. In addition to the raw bar, each couple ordered wedge salads and clam chowder. Our server was smart enough to have the kitchen split each item without us asking. Kudos to her. The chowder was probably one of the best I have ever had. It was loaded with clams which were sweet and tender. It also included thinly sliced fingerling potatoes which I thought was a nice touch. The wedge was wonderfully crisp, and had the perfect amount of blue cheese with generous bits of lardon. The soup and salad alone would have been a perfect meal. Since we were so full from the first two courses, we each decided to split lobster rolls and get a couple of sides. Having had lobster rolls all over the east coast, in addition to many of the popular sea food places around LA (Connie & Teds, Hungry Cat, Littlefork, assorted food trucks), I can honestly say, this was one of the best I've had. The roll was piled with tender lobster. It contained the perfect amount of mayo which allowed the flavor of the lobster to shine. I washed it down with a glass of Turley Zin, which is one of my all-time favorites. I was super-excited to see it on the wine menu. We finished with the Key Lime pie, which was good, but maybe a tad bit tart for my taste. Overall, service was spot-on. The staff understood we were two couples catching up and enjoying each others company. They were attentive and not obstrusive. The food itself is amazing and I'm already craving the clam chowder. We had a great experience and we're looking forward to going back.
Being the first time I've ever been to a Trader Vic's, I have to say I was very much surprised on how good it was. Not that I had low expectations, but it was way better than I had imagine Hawaiian / Asian Fusion cuisine could be. First things first... start off with a nice strong drink from their Tiki Bar. They have a huge variety, and who can say no to a drink from the people who invented the Mai Tai. I went with the Big Kahuna which came topped with a flamming lime .... interesting, crowd pleasing, and tasty. If you're there for more than just drinks, I'd recommend several items on their dinner menu. The lamb by far was my favorite. It was flavorful and tender. Cooked perfectly in their Han Dynasty old smoking oven. My second pick would probably be the Miso Sea Bass. Although it's "normal" for a Asian fusion restaurant, it was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of miso. The sea bas was tender, flakey, and buttery ... just perfect. The pork chop was pretty good as well, not super juicy but not dry either. The portions were at least pretty good. Lastly, their cheese cake was awesome. We also had the banana fritters, but they were more "regular". I'd definitely go again, but I have to save up. It ended up being a little pricey at $60 / person (tip + tax included)
I was a bit hesitant to eat here due to having shellfish allergies, but my son wanted to give it a try. I took a look at the menu before we were seated and saw that there were some "safe" dishes for me to try, so I figured why not. I wasn't very hungry so I ordered a "Fork and Knife" Caesar Salad. I wanted to get a lunch-sized portion but we were too late for that, so our server suggested that I get the Garden Fresh Starter Salad and substitute the dressing with Caesar which actually was pretty good and just the right size. It was perfectly complimented with warm, crusty bread. My son was quite hungry and ordered the Penne Pesto and substituted halibut for the standard Blackened Salmon. The dish also featured kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. I'd say from the cleanliness of the plate that the dish was quite tasty. In spite of how chaotic the place was - it was a Friday night, the Lakers were playing, and there were concerts at both the Nokia Theatre and the smaller Club Nokia - we were seated quickly and served promptly. I'll definitely go back when I have more of an appetite, and will update this review accordingly.
If you are hungry for good old crunchy fried fish then go! The chips are not particularly good; I barely touch them, in fact. Everything else on the menu is OK if you want a fried food fix. (As you may have gathered this is not exactly a place you'll want to tell your cardiologist you sneak off to from time to time). It's all about FRIED shrimp, mushrooms, prawns,scallops,etc. If they could fry the cole slaw they probably would! Thus it's a little like carnival food, and can be fun once in awhile. As for the staff taking orders, they are a rather dour lot; I have honestly never seen a smile there once. Perhaps being around all that boiling grease is unpleasant. More likely, it is nothing more than a language issue. I have almost always found their counter staff a little hard to understand, but so what? Bring on the fish! It is what it is, (and sometimes I marvel that it remains in business; one would think it would go the way of, say, Pioneer Chicken, which was a grease-lovers' delight as well.) It's a guilty pleasure once in a while and the fish is yummy.
This place brings new meaning to the words "Shrimp Toast." Or chicken sandwich, for that matter. Sold to me as a seafood place, it's more like a California tapas place with a seafood slant. Bring a massive appetite, and don't get fancy, because even though the line is out the door and it's hard to get a reservation -- this is a wear-a-bib type place. Not so much because it's not nice, it is, smack in the middle of the Third Street district. But because the food's meant to share, and you will be licking your fingers. Absolute musts: Shrimp toast (really more of a buttery grilled sandwich packed with perfectly cooked shrimp in a decadent Russian-type dressing). Fried chicken sandwich (don't doubt, just do it) -- the pickles really make it. Also solid is the lobster roll (a mini two-bite version but really succulent) and any of the fish dishes.
If You Like Fish And Good Seafood At Low Prices, Then You Have Found The Right Place... I have been to this neighborhood before for various reasons and I had discovered this seafood restaurant on my Very First Visit and I am so glad that they still exist because I went back today being Thursday, August 18, 2016 and really enjoyed my meal. For Your Information: This restaurant has been in business for the past 16 years and I can see Why? For Today's Meal, I had Shrimp, Fried Catfish, French Fries and Garlic Bread. Yummy... There was so much Food which was a Good Thing that I even had leftovers to take home for my dinner. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anybody seeking out Great Tasting Fish and Seafood at Low Prices! Thank you. Sincerely yours, Howard Paul Shore Customer /HPS
A dying breed of dim sum places that still actually use the carts to shop the choices available. Like most all Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, the nagging feeling of cleanliness will be in the back of your mind, but the food taste and quality of ingredients are very good. TIP: always check the shrimp if they split the back and root out the black crap. This place does that. Who decided that Chinese dim sum restaurants should be named TV network + "Seafood" Restaurant??
Visited Rock'N fish on Friday, May 22,2009. Ordered the crab cakes, fresh oysters, and my absolute favorite, the baby back ribs. OMG, best ribs I have ever had and I have had ribs at just about every southern state. I highly recommend this restuarant, excellent food, excellent service, and don't forget the cocktails, try the Navy Frog, just make sure someone else is driving, wow...
Busy, busy place with delicious food. By busy I mean 2 hours wait time without reservation on Sunday night! we were lucky, they had a cancellation. We had an octopus salad and a skate wing. Salad was very flavorful. Fish was simply delicious. Will come back to this place again. Portions are not big though. You will have a place for a desert :)
today is Carmela Gomez Gutiérrez de Alvarado 50thbirthday I had the sweetest staff and very attentive José and I choose our lobster and fish absolutely fresh daily we recommended to the whole world come for this wonderful experience in china town los Angeles thank you ocean seafood for making my special birthday I love you