Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Anthony's Hearth Fire Grill: A Restaurant Review

We happily received a $20.00 gift certificate in the mail last week from Anthony's Hearth Fire Grill.  It was a direct mailer sent, presumably, to our zip code and others.  Not one to pass up a great deal, my husband and I dined there last night and I'd like to share our opinions.

As we entered the restaurant the staff greeted us with genuine cheer and professionalism.  We were seated near a window with a gorgeous view of the snow-covered boats at Squalicum Harbor.  Light jazz played in the background, a Glassy Baby candle flickered on our table & the perfectly lit restaurant provided a nice ambiance for our date night.

We started with a warm, flavorful, Herbed Flat Bread. I enjoyed the Knife and Fork Caesar that was generously topped with bacon and tossed nicely in a dressing similar to my Mom's champagne vinaigrette.

My husband started with a cup of the Dungeness Crab and Corn Chowder.  The heavy cream based soup had a hint of liquid smoke. It contained a few large chunks of dungeness crab and a square of corn bread drenched in the soup.  We enjoyed the soup very much & our server informed us that the soup is portion controlled, meaning each time we order this soup we'll receive the same amount of seafood.  I can appreciate this method, as we've ordered chowders at other restaurants and needed to search for the "good stuff".

My entree selection was the Barbecued Garlic Prawns.  Seven garlicky prawns were mixed with a generous portion of mildly spicy red potatoes and perfectly cooked green beans.  Although my prawns were a bit overcooked, I was pleased with the overall flavors and generous portion of the meal.

 My husband enjoyed the Seafood Mac and Cheese. The sauce was smooth & creamy and the flavors of the seafood mixed well with the corkscrew pasta.

We finished the evening with a gooey chocolate cake and ice cream.  Both were a little disappointing.  The gooey chocolate cake was a "warm molten-style" and it seemed "heat and serve" restaurant supply store grade to us.  The ice cream was generic and we would have preferred a vanilla bean ice cream.

I ordered from the Early Dinner Menu (Monday through Friday before 6pm) which was a good value. I was served salad, the entree and cake for $18.95. My husband ordered off the standard menu and his choices were a la cart totaling $24.95. We read the "fine print" on the gift certificate and discovered that items ordered from the Early Dinner Menu are exempt from the certificate.  We gave the certificate to the table next to us who arrived after 6pm and they were delighted to receive it.

In summary, our server was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was flavorful & the atmosphere was perfect for our date night. We recommend and will be back to dine at Anthony's Hearth Fire Grill.

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