Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bobby Flay Steak

While I don't eat beef, I must say that after such an enjoyable meal at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant I was really looking forward to dinner at Bobby Flay Steak last Saturday.  Oh Mr. Flay if you only knew how your name was dragged through the mud thanks to the customers who refused to leave on time and the staff who accommodated their tardiness and in turn left us waiting for over an hour before we were seated.  

The manager that night, tried to understand, but in truth she was defensive and not helpful.  Telling me that the party occupying our table has paid and is just finishing their drinks is one thing when I first walk in, but to repeat that same line 40 minutes later is insulting.  Thanks for comping our appetizers, but sadly the damage was already done.  Demerits to you for not keeping your cool and living by the mantra "the customer is always right, especially when I've kept her waiting for an hour."

Luckily the chefs and wait staff lived by that mantra.  Everything I ate was incredible and I do believe the rest of the gang felt the same way.  Our appetizers came out within a few minutes of our getting situated at our table.  In no particular order, here’s what we ate…

Lobster-Crab Cake with Basil Sauce and Red Pepper Pesto

I love a good crab cake and adding lobster to that just makes me so so happy.  It was nicely browned on top and very meaty. The pesto was amazing.  Ms. H and I were all over it.

Next up, the Chilled Lobster-Avocado Cocktail

yumyumyum! While I didn't love the presentation, the contents of that cone shaped glass were perfect!  Juicy pieces of avocado and big chunks of lobster mixed up deliciously.

We also got the Shrimp Cocktail which was served with smoked chile horseradish sauce

Fresh pieces of shrimp and a nice tangy sauce.  Yup, I was diggin it.

I was also lovin the Tuna Tartare.  It was really tasty, fantastically fresh tuna, and the onions, capers and other garnishes were incredible.

It was also served with very crispy bread that complimented the texture of the tuna very well.  Ms. O started with the Romaine Salad, which the elder Ms. O also ordered. 

It was stacked pretty high and the cheese looked pretty tempting, but I managed to contain myself and not reach over to her plate for a forkful.  Ms. H ordered The AC Chopped Salad.

She was into it, except for the olives.  Note - if you're ordering the Chopped Salad, you should definitely ask the server for the ingredient list because it is not listed on the menu.  From gazing over at her plate, I could tell there were olives, lettuce, cheese and what looked like crispy red onions though I can't be certain.  

There were several different entrees at our table.  Unfortunately, I am not very good with steak and only recall what was on a few of these plates.  Hopefully the ladies at the table will claim their dishes!  For now, I’ll try to identify the ones that I recognize.  Unless otherwise noted, the steak is spice rubbed and served with Bobby Flay Steak Sauce.

Ms. O ordered the strip steak as did someone else.

Look at that large piece of meat.  Sheesh!

Ms. H ordered the Grilled Tuna Steak with triple peppercorn sauce and crispy red onions.

Look at that sucka! Never knew fish could look so much like meat!  The chef definitely loves capers - they were all over the place.

My Grilled Swordfish Steak was also HUGE! 

It was topped with black olive tapenade, lobster and toasted garlic.  Yumm Yumm Yumm!!! I finished off the lobster pretty quickly then went back to try to tackle the fish. It was ginormous so I was not able to finish it and in fact barely made a dent.

A couple of the ladies ordered the Philadelphia Style Strip Steak.

It was accompanied with provolone cheese sauce and caramelized onions.

That’s what it looks like when it’s fully dressed.  That’s a good lookin’ steak right there.

The Spicy Southwest Ribeye was also on the table. 

Topped with roasted red and green chiles & garlic.  I’d love to recreate that topping and put it on a different piece of meat.  Not sure who this belongs to but the Rack of Pork with Apple-Green Onion Chutney presented quite well.

I don't know what these two are, but they also made their way onto the table.

We also ordered a couple of sides.  The Wild Mushroom Mashed Potatoes with White Truffle Oil was a big hit on my side of the table.

So much so Ms. H started digging in before I could snap a picture.  We really love our potatoes so we also ordered the Black Pepper French Fries.

They look pretty standard but I assure you they were AMAZING.  And of course can’t have a balanced meal without a little green so we also had the Roasted Asparagus with Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette.

YUM YUM YUM.  It was almost midnight when we finished our meal so dessert was out of the question. 

Bobby Flay Steak definitely has some amazing dishes on the menu.    Chris was a fantastic server and the rest of the wait staff was incredibly attentive.  It’s a pity the night had to start with an hour-long wait.  Upon reflection, I know the manager was trying, but I still don’t believe she did the best she could.  For my fellow restaurant diners, I beg of you please do not sit at a table for longer than 2 hours if you are not the last seating.  It’s inconsiderate not only to the customers waiting but to the manager who has to deal with them.

Hungry yet?

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