Our wedding anniversary was this past week and we, very unromantically, had no plans. I’ll admit it – I’m like a guy when it comes to traditional romantic gestures – I forget about our anniversary, Valentine’s Day, etc. To make up for it and to have something to look forward to during the week, on Tuesday we decided to book a nice dinner reservation. I had been wanting to try Pacifico out again, so we reserved there.
We had first been introduced to Pacifico through the New Haven Food and Wine Festival that was a part of the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament. They had a booth there and I absolutely adored their offering. I don’t even remember it fully anymore except that there was some guacamole involved and some seafood, I think.
So a couple of years back, we checked the restaurant out with our good friends Jim and Sarah. We ended up going for Easter brunch and, I have to say, it really didn’t wow me. The food tasted okay, but not impressive. As a result, we hadn’t motivated ourselves to go back, especially when we had plans with others, as I didn’t want to take the risk that they might not enjoy it.
Our dinner this time rectified the situation. First – we started with cocktails. They have a lovely cocktail list with several options that tempted me. In the end, I opted for the Brazilian Cosmo (blood orange vodka) and Derek had a Passionfruit and Jalapeno martini. Just to be clear – mine’s the pink one
Next – while not a particularly breakthrough or exciting choice, we ordered the guacamole. I just had a craving for some good guacamole and chips. And it did not disappoint. Best ever? Probably not, but definitely tasty.
Main dishes. The same dish caught both of our eyes – sea scallops and shrimp pan-seared over lobster ravioli in a honey-chardonnay sauce. Yes please! In general, we try to avoid ordering the same thing – but we’ll break that rule when necessary. Derek decided to take the “hit” and he ordered the special of the day – swordfish over cilantro rice with lobster in it.
Both dishes received high marks from us!
We did end dinner with dessert – we chose the special: a chocolate tres leches cake with black raspberry sorbet on top. Sorry – no picture, I must have been too focused on inhaling that cake to take a photo!
All in all – a great dinner, service was good and the meal was reasonably paced. We would definitely go back and it’s been raised several notches on our restaurant list.