We liked Tidal Raves enough to come back again the next day for lunch. Once again the view was spectacular and we were seated on a different end of the place so it gave us another perspective, too. This day was sunnier and the waiter pointed out some gray whales that were making water spouts in the water in our view. I thought the service was good yesterday and today’s was even better. He was kind enough to let us order leisurely and enjoy the food and wine while we took advantage of the view. I should have taken his photo but in these times I’m not sure how much personal handling Frankie wants or people want to partake in. Since the virus looks to be with us for some time to come, I’ll have to figure out delicately how to proceed with things I took for granted before. Nevertheless we were equally delighted with our lunch and highly recommend this spot if you are ever anywhere near by.
They offer 3 types of seafood salads – crab, shrimp or a combo. We chose the shrimp which are small, pink and local. The salad is in 2 sizes and comes with garlic bread and Thousand Island dressing on the side. The nice mound of shrimp (we ordered the small portion) was on a generous mix of lettuces aside some cucumber slices, hard boiled egg and tomato. It’s basically a shrimp Louie but unmixed. The shrimp were tender and sweet and cooked nicely. The dressing was not overpowering and I liked that you could add as much as you wanted and easily eat the shrimp separate from the greens. The garlic bread was nice but I liked the house bread just as much.
As before the house bread came warmed and served with butter. It had a wonderful crisp crust and doughy interior.
For the main plate we both ordered the lunch special, fresh local Ling Cod, fish and chips style, served with fries and house made slaw. The fish batter was almost tempura style, in its lightness and crispness. The tender fish was kept perfectly juicy – it was like eating a fried cloud. It came with a tasty tartar sauce but the fish really didn’t need any enhancement except for a drop of lemon juice. The house made slaw was also quite tasty without any gloppy mayo for binding. It had a nice tart, light flavor with a pinch of mustard seed and sugar. The server said its recipe has evolved over time. This was great stuff except we filled up too much for dessert.