When I asked my Mom the other night what she wanted for dinner, she said, "A salad and a nice piece of fish", so naturally we headed to Brooklyn Fish Camp, (165 5th Avenue, between Douglass & Degraw Streets, 718-783-3264), the BK outpost of Manhattan's Mary's Fish Camp. I'd actually never been there, but was pleasantly surprised and have now added it to the long roster of great Brooklyn restaurants. We were seated in the little backyard courtyard at one of the long communal tables. There were a few red, white & rose wines by the glass, a handful of beer on tap (we got a Pilsner and an IPA that were delicious - Victory and Greenflash), and a selection of specials as well.
We started with half a pound of peel & eat shrimp that were coated with a delightful spicy sauce and were polished off in mere minutes.
My boyfriend and I started with a salad of Romaine Hearts with Avocado, Cucumber & Green Goddess Dressing which was divine. Crispy, crunchy, tangy and creamy and pure goodness.
My Mom chose the Peekytoe Crab Beignets with Key Lime Aioli which were like a combination of crab cakes & hush puppies. Little balls of tender crab meat, well seasoned and perfect when dipped into the creamy aioli.
For our entree, my BF & I shared the Grilled Daurade Filet with Yellow Wax Beans,
Cannellini Beans and Radishes. There were two big pieces of fish that was meaty and slightly oily, brightened up by the beans & radishes. It was a satisfying and delicious dish.
My mom then eschewed her "nice piece of fish" and instead chose the Rocket salad made with Sweet Peas, Chives, Dill and Mint. This was quite amazing, with all those bright & intense herbal flavors and the almost bitter rocket. I have to remember to use mint & dill in my salads!
We also got a side of the Fried Artichokes cuz I adore them. These were so-so though, and therefore disappointing. They were really tough and chewy and sort of bland. The dipping sauce was great though...
All in all it was a successful trip and delicious meal. Our server was friendly and on top of things, and the food was top notch. The people sitting next to us ordered the Bread Pudding for dessert and it looked terrific too; we were just too full. Next time!