Nestled in the corner of restaurant row at the Northridge Mall, Bonefish Grill is just across from Pacific Theaters. Before you sigh with the refrain of “yet another family sized portion restaurant in the West Valley,” they offer something different.
Sure it has the requisite swanky bar, modern dining interior and mood lighting for days, but what Bonefish Grill brings to the Valley is a unique, upscale seafood grill at the convenience of being, almost literally, right next door.
This is the newest addition to the fine seafood market in California but it comes at the subject with some delicious intensity. It is interesting given the lack of competition in the area, why enter the fish market? To find out why, we spent some time sampling the delicious fare at the Bonefish Grill. Here is what we found.
One of the most popular menu items, Bang Bang Shrimp seems to imply horrific heat from red-hot chilis. The truth is this appetizer is more akin to a night out on the town mixed with your favorite comfort food. Saying it is good is an understatement. It is no wonder that this is a top seller. Even better, Wednesday nights you can enjoy it for a lower price. We also sampled the Ahi Tuna Sashimi and the DFG Imperial Dip. Each was fantastically delicious. The BFG Imperial Dip is a creamy crab, shrimp and scallop bake that looks crunchy like a fritter but melts in your mouth with every scooped up bite.
One of things we learned is that Bonefish Grill’s managers hand select and inspect the menu items from the fishmonger daily. This is important, especially when you are talking about getting the best fish fare so far from the coast.
Appetizers are not all they are known for. Next in our culinary adventure, we sampled Roasted Tomato + Red Pepper and Corn Chowder + Lump Crab soup. I can definitely see both being serious contenders for the quick pick-up meals as they are hearty, rich and could make the coldest night warm. Of the two, our favorite is the Roasted Tomato but only because we tried them both and had to pick.
For the main course, we sampled a trio of entrées and sides including a land lubber favorite, Fontina Chop. A boneless pork chop in a drizzle of fontina cheese, garlic prosciutto and mushroom Marsala wine sauce. It is a perfect option for those who rather something other than seafood. Next up was the Pumpkin Ravioli. The chef tones down the tang of the pumpkin with a mix of fresh squash which makes for a delightfully rustic side. Also on the table was a buttery cut of Chilean Sea Bass with a side of garlic whipped potatoes and potatoes au gratin. Finally, we sampled Sea Scallops and Shrimp served under a mango chick-pea medley. At this point, we were speechless with the flavor, especially from the Sea Bass with lemon butter sauce. Did I mention, you pick your own sauce for any of the Grilled Fish Entrees?
Moving on to the sweets. To keep things simple, Bonefish Grill has a small dessert menu but that is really all they need. For our tasting, we shared a wonderful Key Lime Pie (another menu favorite) and a flourless Macadamia Nut Brownie with a wonderful raspberry sauce. These were not overly sweet and hit the spot. Our favorite was the Key Lime pie. It screamed with the tart shout of lime, but tempered in the sweetness of the roasted pecan crust. To close the evening, I enjoyed a delicious cappuccino.
Bonefish Grill is ideal for date nights, engagements or an evening out during the week. Their well stocked bar with 50 different types of wines, a long list of pour on demand Martini’s and well drinks are sure to set the mood for a memorable experience. Add the subtle, relaxing atmosphere and just the right amount of upscale casual and you get a seafood restaurant that is perfect. During our meal, through the candle light you could see smiling faces and cheerful staff, all of whom have a definite attention to the details necessary to make it a place you would want to return to again and again.
We are so glad to welcome them as a new neighbor in the valley. We think you’ll enjoy Bonefish Grill as much as we did.
9301 Tampa Ave
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Disclaimer: We were invited to sample menu items as a part of their grand opening for our honest review. All opinions are our own.