Been in Gulfport for a few days now and it is time to find a "new" restaurant for supper. Not that Patrick's Bayside Grill is new...but it is a new experience to enjoy.
We had read the restaurant was "intimate" but upon arriving, I found the facilities much larger than expected. I made reservations for 630P only to find that it was going to be a slow night with all the rain that has been pummeling the entire Tampa Bay area for the week.
Our server joined our table immediately and proceeded with a beautifully chilled martini. Nice job and very refreshing.
As we began scouring the menu, I found a number of things that looked appetizing from the Sashimi Tuna to the Lobster Tail Francese. We decided to enjoy the Escargot Patrick and I just had to try the Lobster Bisque. Both were wonderful and the Lobster Bisque was like liquid velvet in a bowl. So good!
For our wine selection, our server suggested the Cotes Du Rhone....nice selection for our entrées.
I enjoy a restaurant that features six to eight wonderful choices instead of the usual 75 pages of mundane. We selected the Taylor's au Poivre a 9 oz. Filet rolled in cracked peppercorns with a cognac & portabello demi-glace. Also, the marinated Pork Chop, seared & served in a Cabernet wine reduction was very good. Each were served with a good “chunky” mashed potato and asparagus. Great flavors without the need of any additional seasonings required. My only though was the Steak au Poivre was served with too much of the demi sauce. A nice pool of sauce with the filet in the center would have provided the right touch…but I must stress the filet was a PERFECT medium rare.
|Taylor's au Poivre|
|The 16 oz Pork Chop|
No chance to enjoy a dessert since we were full of delicious, well prepared food. Maybe next time...since Patrick's will be a place we will revisit on our next trip.