Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Fairmont Edition: Aquarium Lounge
A 40-year old Fairmont dining institution suffered a devastating blow one year ago when its kitchen went up in flames, causing smoke and water damage to the rest of the restaurant. But the Aquarium Lounge took the past year to renovate and recently reopened, which I took as an invitation to make reservations for my first dinner - along with friends Geah and Kayla.
We had reservations for Friday night, and we ended up being delayed a bit due to traffic. Luckily, they were accommodating. We parked along the street and opened the front door. Surprisingly, it plops you out right in the middle of the dining room. There's not much of a waiting space, and there wasn't a hostess stand either. Geah and I sort of frantically looked around to find out which door we were supposed to enter, because we were sure it wasn't the one we just went through.
Spoiler alert: It was. It's just an odd entrance.
For starters, we ordered crab cakes. These were so tasty - a combination of being starving and all of the butter in these. Super rich, buttery, delicious.
Next - a spinach salad before my entree. Their spinach salad receives high praise from Aquarium-lovers, and it is good. It is a bed of spinach with eggs, bacon and sweet & sour dressing. A pretty good spinach salad - though I do think a few more veggies wouldn't hurt.
Oh my gosh, the bread. Ohhh myyy gosshhh the bread. I'm not too much for the cinnamon, but try that herbed garlic butter. Slather on a warm piece of bread. That alone could've made my dinner.
But, wait, there's more.
I ordered the scallops with a side of burgundy mushrooms. Butter, butter, butter, garlic. The scallops were few (only four), but they were super rich, buttery, and tasty. A little sear would've been nice. The mushrooms were tasty in a light wine sauce.
And I also wanted to try the hot peppers as a side because so many people raved. I don't quite get it - it's literally hot banana peppers. So meh.
But, overall, a really delicious meal. Very rich and heavy - but all so, so good.