Fine dining is still swimming at Eddie V’s Prime SeafoodSection 4A Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Prospect Street in La Jolla is filled with loads of restaurants and shops. Fabulous art galleries and jewelry shops are nestled between high-end restaurants and hotels. Some of the best views of the ocean can be experienced from these places.
Even though white tablecloth restaurants have seen their day, there are still a few that have survived the industry crash and have come out strong.
Recently, I made my way through one again and the experience reminded me of just how great fine dining can be. There is something so special about starched white tablecloths, crisp linen napkins and a different fork for every course. It really takes me back.
Having an exquisite view from the dining room, Eddie V’s is perched on top of the cove. The interior is done in soft variations of beige and yellow and the two-tiered room allows every table a spectacular view.
The last evening I went, the chef had just received some of the most amazing oysters from Washington state. Rare and not always available, the Miyagi oyster is smaller than its Kumamoto cousin but is explosive with flavors. They were classically served on the half shell with a variety of sauces, although their briny flavor really didn’t need anything added.
Seafood definitely is the key here, and some of the best is offered. The Maine Lobster Tacos ($19) have freshly shucked corn kernels and huge hunks of lobster meat. Roll it all together in the soft tortilla and you have one tasty dish. The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ($18) is true in its Maryland style and served with a spicy chive remoulade.
Entrées are uniquely presented with the focus on the fresh filets. The evening I was there they had just caught a fresh halibut. It was lightly prepared with simple olive oil and lemon and served in a bowl of tomato broth. Nothing fancy, but it was delicious and I really got to taste the true flavor of halibut.
Just like the halibut, many of the entrées are simple and light. The Jumbo Gulf White Shrimps ($28) are broiled with artichokes and olives and served with a spoonful of pearl couscous. The Pacific Swordfish ($29) is a thick steak-like cut and broiled with crab and avocado. The red chili vinaigrette really gets it going.
For non-seafood lovers, the steaks are good too. Again, staying with the simple theme, you have the option of several different cuts and prices. ($37-$46). In classic steakhouse style, you also have plenty of sauces and side dishes to choose from.
If your pocket book is still able to take a further hit, ask for the wine list. With an impressive selection of wines by the glass, including Kistler Chardonnay at $29, you have quite a large selection to choose from – just not a lot of inexpensive ones.
So, the next time you find yourself wandering the streets of La Jolla, stop into Eddie V’s for a great seafood dinner. Or if you’re on a budget, sit at the bar and enjoy their great bar menu of fresh oysters and raw seafood.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
1270 Prospect St.
La Jolla 92037
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