I’m stubborn. When I hear my girlie girlfriends say Seagrass is the place for The Romantic Date or, *shudder*, the Valentine’s Day dinner I spin around and flee in the other direction.
Dude. So not the case. Ok, yes, look at the menu and gawk at the $15 appetizers and $30 mains.
It’s only offered on the non-prime time nights, Sunday – Thursday (and they are currently closed Mondays, but I think that’s changing in May).
Just $35 for three courses, based off their daily menu. So it’s not like everyone else is chowing the $30 waygu beef while you get yesterday’s coq au vin a la king. No, you get the waygu beef.
This includes a starter, a main dish, and a dessert. The portions, so I’m told, are a smidge smaller than the a la carte sizes, but honestly, it’s enough food. I was full. And it was delicious.
The first time I ate there:
My friend had the beet salad, sauteed local snapper, and raisin pudding.
Second visit was a big share fest with my dining companion.
* Kumumoto oyster shooter, ginger gelee, salmon roe, scallions, ale foam as one starter.
* Main – Sauteed wild seabass, sugar snap peas, leek soubise, pommes brunoise, tomato fondue, veal jus, basil oil. Can you tell I cut/paste this from their website? I really have no idea what soubise and brunoise are. My friend ordered this.
* Main – Slow braised Kurabuto PORK CHEEK, carrots two ways, pan fried polenta, braised shallots, tangerine foam, natural braising jus with thyme. There was also a juicy piece of pork belly, like an obelisk of bacon stacked on the polenta. This was an incredible dish, the pork belly was so tender. There was also a slow roasted half onion on one of the polenta disks that was sweet, tender, and still held its form. Loved it.
For dessert we both had the Valrhona bitter-sweet chocolate torte, in vanilla bean crust with candied orange zest and raspberries.
Both times the meal started with bread and butter, and a little amuse buche that was a spoonful of some kind of fish, and crisp slice of parsnip.
They source locally and very seasonally. They plate the food lovingly. The owners and chefs browse the tables to see how everyone is doing. It’s a family run business, but definitely not a “mom n’ pop” style place.
And yes, you can come here for a romantic date, or the mother-in-law meal. You know what I’m talking about.
I’m really enjoying the prix fixe options in this town, they keep getting better. Such a good deal. Add Seagrass near the top of the list.
I’d heard a rumor that Palapa had some happy hours and I went last week to investigate.
Here’s the 411!
Happy Hour: M-F 3pm-6pm
Margaritas and Sunsets: $3
Cheese, chicken or beef quesadilla: $4.95
The margarita is offered on the rocks or blended.
I got the margarita blended, and one each of the chicken and beef soft tacos, costing a whopping $6. Didn’t have to dig too deep for that.
I am no margarita expert. This appears to be a wine margarita that may or may not be based on some kind of Mexican recipe. I asked around and here is the explanation: no liquor license.
I did, however, have to driven home, because the margarita was rather ample and I’m a wee bit of a lightweight.
The tacos were also ample and I quite liked the beef taco, that was chunks of steak. The crunchy tacos are filled with shredded beef first into a soft tortilla, then the whole thing is deep fried. Then topped with lettuce, avocado and cheese.
Not on special for happy hour is Palapa’s flan, but I still ordered one, as I consider the flan to be one of the best in SB. Ooooh so good.
This is not the type of place that gets random foot traffic, so a great place to avoid the tourist crowd. It was not busy at all when I arrived around 5:30 pm and I so thoroughly enjoyed it that I’ve returned there a second time for happy hour and will go again this week.
Complimentary chips and salsa, too. Note: expect the typical upsells of guacamole and other drink and food items. If you are truly hard up for cash, stay strict to the happy hour menu.