Last week, we had an opportunity to visit the Algonquin, Illinois, Bonefish Grill, a chain of casual dining seafood resturants. Recently, the chain introduced a new menu that focuses on “Fresh Choices. Innovative Flavors.”
We made reservations for 7pm on a Sunday evening and were promptly taken to our table when we arrived. The Mediterrean-themed atmosphere, accented with dark woods and white tablecloths, is calming with the restaurant divided between the bar and dining areas. The lighting is low, but at a reasonable level, and diners have a choice between table and booth seating.
We started our dinner with two drinks from the unique choices on their new menu: the Cold Snap Cucumbuer Cosmo and the Modern Mojito. The Cucumber Cosmo was made from a combination of vodka, orange liquer and cucumbers, and it was served in a drinkglass made of ice. It was very good, but make sure to drink it fast before the glass melts. The Modern Mojito, made with amber rum, fresh mint, orange and Grand Marnier, was another good choice and a refreshing summertime drink.
For the appetizer, we shared the Asian-inspired, Bang Bang Shrimp. The dish included lightly battered shrimp in a spicy, cream sauce served on a bed of lettuce. This was a good choice as the shrimp were fresh and the sauce gave it a nice kick.
After enjoying our drinks and appetizers, we ordered the Spicy Tuna Bowl and the 13oz Ribeye Steak. The new menu includes a good variety of choices that should satisfy most diners’ preferences. With a focus on grilled food, the menu includes steak, fish and chicken choices served as traditional and bowl-based entrees along with sandwich and taco options. Included with all meals is complimentary ciabatta bread served with basil pesto oil.
The Spicy Tuna Bowl is one of the new menu items and boasts premium, sushi-grade tuna served with jasmine rick, passion fruit salsa, sweet chile sauce, and avocados. The flavors mixed well together, with no one ingredient overpowering the rest. Also, the quality of the tuna was as advertised with none of the fishy taste found in lower-grade sushi. My only criticism of the dish was that the location we dined at was out of avocados, so I didn’t get the opportunity to experience the dish to its fullest potential.
Our other entrée was another new menu item and is included on their gluten-free menu. The 13oz Ribeye Steak is a great choice if fish is not your preference. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium-rare with just the right amount of pink in the middle. The steaks are served with a variety of sauces, but only the chef can confirm which ones are gluten-free, so make sure to come when the chef isn’t off.
So, to wrap up, how was the meal overall and was it a good value? As mentioned above, each of the courses included generous portions, were flavorful, fresh and uniquely presented. Our total bill before tip, but after tax, was $73. Our drinks were priced in the $8-9 range and the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer was $10.40. You can get the Bang Bang Shrimp for free if you sign up for their email list, but our waitress forgot to take it off of our bill. The prices for the main entrées will vary with the Tuna Bowl at $12.90 and the Ribeye at $24.90. After finishing the large portions, we did not order dessert, but their dessert menu inlcuded a variety of tempting choices.
In total, the prices are reasonable in relation to the quality of both the food and the dining experience. I would recommend visiting a Bonefish Grill near you for a nice night out.
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