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Passionfish Has Captured My Heart

March 21, 2009

Went to Passionfish in the Reston Town Center last night and couldn’t have been more pleased. We didn’t have a place in mind, but figured we’d find something that sounded good – there’s so much there after all. We walked by Passionfish and almost kept walking because from the outside, it does not look like the kind of place you bring a three-year-old. Never-the-less, we read the menu outside (for future reference), but to our surprise they had a nice sounding kids menu, so we decided to take our chances and give it a try. From the moment we walked in, everyone was very pleasent. We got a booth next to the front window and they even brought over a paper kids menu and colors.  I would have never expected a paper menu and colors in there…

I had fish and my husband had scallops. Both of us were happy with our meals, but what was most surprising was that I could have eaten the kids meal of shrimp and french fries that my three-year-old got and been just as happy. It was not your usual dry, afterthought of a kids meal that most places serve. They even had a good selection of yummy kids deserts.

Note: For those not keen on fish, there are several other options that sounded godd too., i.e., steak, chicken, etc.

While the price was not cheap ($90 total for three entrees, a glass of wine and two appetizers), it was well worth it to have a nice night out in a grown up restaurant and not have to pay a babysitter. I definitely recommned Passionfish for a special occasion with the family, or if you just need a night out.


P.F. Chang’s Never Disappoints

February 23, 2009

Went to P.F. Chang’s in Fairfax last night with the in-laws and kid.  It never ceases to amaze me that the restaurants in that area are packed with a wait no matter what day of the week it is. I can understand why P.F. Chang’s is overflowing with people though, with its soothing ambiance, excellent food and service and reasonable prices.

This is always a good stand-by restaurant as long as you don’t mind waiting a bit. We ate our standard fare. Apps: pan fried vegetable dumplings, spring rolls and ahi tuna. All were delicious as usual. My father-in-law had a scallop dish that he said was excellent. He couldn’t stop talking about how many scallops he was served. I had the vegetable chow fun, a lite noodle dish with a little kick of heat. It is my favorite there because it is full of flavor, but not all of the fat and calories you’d find in the many other delicious dishes. They seemed to skimp on the mushrooms last night, which is my favorite ingredient, but I won’t hold it against them this time;-)

My mother-in-law and hubby had the veggie lettuce wraps, thier favorites. And as usual, the kid ate what we threw at him from our plates. That’s another thing I really like about P.F. Chang’s, the kid will eat just about anything we give him from our plates and loves it!

In my opinion, the most ingenious thing they do here is the shot glass portions of desserts, which of course we had to allow ourselves. For $2, it would be a travesty no to. I had tiramisu, which was excellent. Last time I was there I has the red velvet cake, which was also very good. The kid had chocolate cake which was good; a little dry, but a HUGE step up from the disgusting rocky road shot he had last time we ate here. My father-in-law had strawberry cheesecake, which he said was delicious.

All in all, another great experience at the Changers!