Sunday, 23 December 2012
OMG, Pittsburgh folks love to eat out and eat early too. We checked into our hotel and was starving. It was only 5pm so we thought we would just walk into one of the restaurants downtown and we should be able to get a table, no problem. We went to the restaurant we wanted to go, it was around 5:20pm when we got there and all the tables were packed. There were even no bar seats for us and there were no free table until 10:30pm. CRAZY!! The restaurant only opened at 5pm. So we decided to try our luck into another restaurant that opened at 6pm. We got to the restaurant early and waited around. We went into a close by CVS to waste sometime and we were at the restaurant door at 6:05pm. The server told us that there was only free space at the sushi bar, all the tables were already reserved. Holy cow... anyways, we just wanted to eat so sitting by sushi bar was fine and they served full menu there anyways.
The restaurant was narrow and I think there was a basement floor too, there was not much room between tables to walk around. It was an open kitchen and sushi bar so we got to see a lot of cooking action. We first ordered the "Crazy Tuna Roll" - Shrimp tempura rolled with tuna, spicy sauce, caviar and avocado and the "Pretty Girl Roll" - Sliced salmon, avocado, spicy sauce and wasabi caviar in a soy wrap. The tuna roll was in deed spicy and the tempera was freshly fried. The pretty girl roll was arranged as a flower, cute!! They soy wrap was different, I've only eaten seaweed wrap. Great opening to fill our stomach.
Then we shared a Lobster risotto. We said we were going to share so they actually split the dish into 2 separate plates so we don't have to fight. It smelled so good as it arrived at our table. There were so many pieces of lobster, even more than risotto. The lobster meat were from the claws, you can see the whole piece mixed with the risotto. The risotto was very creamy with the spaghetti squash mixed it. It was so tasty!!
We had some room for dessert. One of today's special was eggnog creme brulee which we shared. The custard had very strong eggnog taste but the dish was very shallow so there was not much in it and the custard was cold. The top was with crispy hot caramel. It was ok, nothing spectacular.
Overall, the atmosphere was good, able to carry a conversation and the servers are all very attentive.
Penn Avenue Fish Company
308 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222