|Shiraz On The Water|
|Do you have a wandering eye? Let me rephrase that; are you a person who likes to take in the scenery? Then how does a restaurant surrounded by water and filled with windows sound to you? Located at the Indian Lakes resort in Bloomingdale, Shiraz on the Water allows your wandering eye to take in as much as you would like.
Believe it or not there are people in this world who do not order appetizers. Shame on them! Many times the best items on the menu are these small plates! I always choose two and boy they didn’t disappoint! Fork tender macadamia crusted scallops were buttery, crunchy, and slightly sweet from the pineapple pina colada marmalade and sweet chili sauce. Believe it or not the short rib wantons were even better! The tender short rib meat and smoked Gouda cheese fill these crispy pan fried wontons and can be dipped into a sweet chili mustard sauce. You could order a couple of plates of these wantons and just call it a night!
I love French onion soup! Traditionally, your crouton/bread soaks up the wonderful onion flavor and has a very soft texture. My eyes lit up when my first bite was accompanied by a slight crunch! Bursting with onion flavor, crunchy garlic croutons, and gruyere cheese make this a soup not to be missed.
Hmmm…steak, pork, or both? Of course both is the correct answer! A 16oz boneless rib eye is first. This nicely charred steak got a nice added kick from the creamy horseradish crust. The only minor complaint was that it's only mildly crusty and more like a spread. Still quite flavorful and still a solid choice. Next up is the double cut pork chop that is basted with apricot mustard, topped with peach chutney, and served with gruyere bread pudding. While not super tender, this chop had flavor to spare. The sweetness of the peaches was balanced with plenty of onion and cilantro and helped add a lot of color to the plate. The gruyere bread pudding was a nice compliment and was very quiche like.
My meal isn’t complete without dessert and these don’t disappoint. Salted caramel gelato is an excellent choice for a creamy dessert. The star was the pumpkin crème brulee with its creamy texture and lovely pumpkin flavor.
Entrées range from $25-37, so we are talking high end, but you do get a lot of food. Overall, Shiraz offers darn good food and lovely views while being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rating **** (very good) out of *****.
250 W Schick Rd
Hilton Indian Lakes Resort