Blue Moon Fish Co. is the type of restaurant that you bring a date for a romantic dinner overlooking the water yet lively with a lot of regulars and a surprising vibrant bar scene. The night we came to the restaurant it was jammed packed. We didn't have a reservation but the host squeezed us in and so we ending up sitting at a small table by the bar. Although it would have been nice to be by the water, I didn't mind, because we could still see the water where we sat but also felt the energy from the bar.
Everyone one at Blue Moon Fish Co. is very friendly. Since we sat in the bar area, our waitress was also the bartender. Although she was doing her job behind the bar, she did a very good job of balancing both. I loved that you could tell she enjoyed her job and since she had been there for many years, she was knowledgeable about the menu and went out of her way to ensure we enjoyed ourselves.We were given complimentary bread which came with roasted garlic. The bread itself was alright but was made better because of the roasted garlic.
We started our meal with the New Orleans Firecracker Oysters. They were fresh, tender and delicious. I would have liked it a little better if the batter were a little lighter, but the apple vinaigrette and mango wasabi gave it such a nice flavor, that I didn't really notice. And yes, they brought the fire although it was more like a little kick. My boyfriend who refuses to try anything other than what he knows decided to try it after a bit of convincing and said that it was good and even ending up eating two.
I really wanted "The Big Easy" Seafood Gumbo despite the fact that it is an appetizer and it is really too hot outside for a meal like that. As soon as I took the first bite, I was disappointed. The seafood was fresh, the rice perfect, but there was no spicy. I had to ask for pepper and was brought Tabasco sauce. I added it to the dish and it tasted much better but for gumbo not to have the spices, I was mad about that. There was no “Big Easy” in this dish!
Desert time is my favorite time! We weren't given a desert menu but were told off the top of the head what the options were. I would I rather looked over a menu and seen the choices along with descriptions but since we couldn't, we just picked the most familiar, the chocolate soufflé. It was rich and delectable but I like soufflés with the oozing chocolate in the center (molten cake). What really ruined it though was the outrageous price. There are so many other restaurants that make it better and for half the price.
Blue Moon is a very elegant and hospitable establishment, but the food doesn't warrant the kind of prices that they are charging you. It's a really nice restaurant and the food is decent, but is it really worth it?
Blue Moon Fish Co.
4405 West Tradewinds Avenue, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308