Never been to the Bahamas, but I’ve now been to Bahama Breeze Island Grille. Not the same thing, I know. In fact, I’m sure it’s not even close to the fabulous food I’d eat in the Bahamas, but I still loved it!
Bahama Breeze operates 32 restaurant locations, but only two are accessible to us Westerners: one in Las Vegas and one in Seattle. While Mr. Diner & I were on our fabulously fun getaway to Orlando (sans kids), we stopped by Bahama Breeze for dinner.
I don’t know if this is characteristic of all locations, but this one had quite the atmosphere: dim lighting with an interior water feature and a lot of outdoor tables on an elevated covered deck with live music. The hostess said if we wanted to eat outside, we were just to find a place to seat ourselves, but the indoor wait was short. We wanted to eat outside, but it seemed everyone else did, too, so after unsuccessfully trying to snag an outdoor table, we went ahead and had her seat us inside.
Our server promptly arrived and told us some of her favorite dishes. The appetizer menu had a lot of variety to choose from. I really wanted to try conch fritters, but they weren’t on the menu. We started with the Coconut Shrimp, which are served with a citrus-mustard sauce (and look at that awesomely thin slice of pineapple!). The shrimp came out piping hot, but once they had cooled down enough to safely eat them, we were very satisfied! They were crispy on the outside with a well-prepared shrimp on the inside. The sauce was a perfect balance of sweet & tangy.
Mr. Diner ordered a Lemon Breeze to drink. It was lemonade made with sugar cane juice, and I was surely jealous. I should have just ordered my own after I tasted his. It was sweet, but not overly so, and very smooth.
The Wood-Grilled Top Sirloin Steak that he ordered was served with mashed potatoes and broccoli. We’ve been disappointed by quite a few steaks recently, but this sirloin was better than many we’ve had. It was very tender, more tender than a couple filet mignons we’ve had recently. The broccoli was tender-crisp and the mashed potatoes were chunky and buttery with the skins still on…yum.
I waffled back and forth between several entrees, but decided on the new Curry Shrimp Rice Bowl after the server said she had never had anyone order it who didn’t like it. It had a medium spice level and included lots of shrimp! It is rich with flavor and includes lots of saucy vegetables and yellow rice with a side of pineapple chutney. Naan is served on the side and it is great for sopping up the sauce or topping with some of the tasty curry dish! If you are a curry fan, this is a great dish for you!
We really liked Bahama Breeze and would love to go there again…can someone please open one in Utah…please? If you’d like to try some of Bahama Breeze’s recipes in your own kitchen, check out the Bahama Breeze recipe section!
Entree Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 4.3
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4.5