Sunday I went with family and friends to Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura, California, for a celebratory dinner. And what a fabulous choice location (the only beachfront restaurant in Ventura) with some scrumptious dishes that had the mouth watering and the tummy very happy. So pull up a chair and grab a cuppa as I describe my meal.
Disclaimer: You're not going to want to read this when you are starving. :)
First up, time for some yummy drinks. I chose The Sultry Sapphire for my first alcoholic drink since my outing to gin palace, Old Tom & English.
It was an amazing combination of Bombay Sapphire Gin, St. Germain Elderflower, lemon and pomegranate juice. The gin was strong, the elderflower was a perfect counter-balance and the juices were not too strong and overpowering. Yummmy.
Next up was the dinner starter. I chose their homemade clam chowder (made with clams and baby red potatoes) that came with a side of oyster crackers. It was scrumptious, hearty and flavorful.
At last came our entrees and I knew I had made the right choice when I took my first bite. The Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi was AMAZING and truly MOUTH-WATERING. The mahi mahi was baked in coconut milk, topped with macadamia nuts, served with a peanut and mango relish and teriyaki glaze. Again, can you say MOUTH-WATERING and DELICIOUS? Truly each piece of the fish melted in my mouth and the mango and peanut relish was refreshing without overkill. The teriyaki glaze on the other hand was the dish's only weakness being too strong IMO. (Perhaps you could ask for the glaze on the side if that is something you're concerned about.)
At the recommendation of several from our party, I ordered a baked potato as my side dish. It was large and came loaded with the great toppings of sour cream, butter, chives and bacon.
Next up was dessert time. Man, talk about needing a second stomach after that huge dinner (1/2 of which ended up in the takeaway box for later). Thankfully the volcano souffle takes 25 minutes to prepare so that gives you time to enjoy your coffee/tea and let the food digest.
Out came the pudding and boy was it a hit with the crowd. Everyone took the offered spoons and started passing the plate around. The souffle came with a chocolate molten center baked to order topped with vanilla ice cream, bitter sweet chocolate sauce and Heath Bar Crunch. The souffle was rich but thankfully the vanilla ice cream countered the richness but I do wish there was more ice cream on the platter and less of the Heath Bar Crunch.
What a night! What a great meal!
I heartily recommend a visit to Ventura's beachfront steakhouse, Aloha. The service by our waitress was so-so but the meal and ambiance was top-notched.
Address: 364 S California Street Ventura, CA 93001 (Across from the Crowne Plaza Hotel)
Phone (Reservations Recommended): 805-652-1799
Hours (Open Daily):
Lunch 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Dinner 4 PM – Close
Parking (validation available): Parking Structure
So go make your reservations and have a great time!