Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fort Lauderdale's Sunfish Grill: Thumping fresh, creative sensibility

Sunfish Grill
2775 E. Oakland Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Monday-Saturday:  5-10 p.m.
954-561-2004 – Reservations suggested on weekends

By Jane Feehan

First opened in Pompano Beach on East Atlantic in 1998, Sunfish Grill has been dishing out some great seafood from Fort Lauderdale the past few years.  Its move to Oakland Park Boulevard at Bayview Drive was an auspicious one. Sunfish Grill now offers ambiance befitting its high quality fare.  

Executive Chef Bill Bruening uses super fresh ingredients adjusting the seafood-centric (and imaginative) menu regularly. Limited choices include local fish, prime meats and a daily featured pasta dish often paired with shellfish specialties. Salads and soups bear the mark of Bruening’s expertise and imagination. Their artful signature salad, Asian Pear and Arugula with spicy pecans and Piccante Gorgonzola is hard to push away to make room for the next course.  I appreciate their half orders of salads and pasta dishes.

I also appreciate their killer house-made desserts, including ice cream, sorbets, chocolate cake and other delights – all creations of General Manager and Pastry Chef Erika DiBattista.  She provides a stellar ending to a wonderful meal.

DeBattista and Bruening work hard to please their patrons. An espresso cup of flavorsome mushroom soup topped with crumbles of fried conch fritter was delivered to me as a "gift from the chef" because they thought my main course took too long to serve. In my opinion, it was paced just fine … and the soup - another chance to sup on something outstanding.

Small plates and appetizers are available at the bar. Beer and wine only. With a sedate, candle-lit setting, Sunfish Grill is not my recommendation for family dining. Casual to business casual dress.

Tags: Fort Lauderdale seafood restaurants, fine dining in Fort Lauderdale

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