Aqua by El Gaucho

For our wedding anniversary we tried a new place just two blocks from our office.  Aqua, which is owned by the El Gaucho, is located on Pier 70 and has a magnificent view of Elliot Bay and Magnolia Point.

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It was a Tuesday night, and we arrived relatively early (6:00) so we had the place almost completely to ourselves.

Even though they specialize in dry aged Angus beef, we opted for seafood.  Claire ordered one of the specials, a fried rockfish.  I ordered the Sesame-Seared Chilean Seabass. For sides we ordered the mixed vegetables and my personal favorite, the Macaroni & Cheese (black truffle and parmigiano reggiano.)

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Claire’s rockfish was a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds!  It came served with broccolini and a sesame dipping sauce.  The fish was designed to be eaten with chopsticks, and Claire had a wonderful time plucking chunks of succulent flakey white meat from the frame.  It was not oily at all, and when she was finished Claire declared the rockfish was her new favorite fish of all time!

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Of course my Seabass was excellent.  Actually I don’t think I have ever had a bad piece of Seabass, but this was done especially well.

I often order mac & cheese as a side.  I have found that a chef that takes the time to create a unique mac & cheese with a surprising and yet familiar flavor profile probably puts the same kind of thought and love into all his dishes.  Aqua’s mac & cheese is put together well with just the right amount of truffle flavor.

By the time we were finishing our meal, the place started to fill up with a mix of locals and tourists, and Claire enjoyed a little ice cream to finish off her meal.  It was a very fine meal, and I suspect we will visit again with guests.

-Randy

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