I was stoked to learn that a Ybor was boasting a new dining venue and was immediately enchanted upon perusing the menu online. Once I saw that there was a $25 gift cert available at Restaurant.com for the discounted price of $2 this Memorial Day weekend, it seemed that the Universe was steering us there. Always listen to the Universe.
Sunday's is a charming venue in the most historic district of Tampa. I loved the skylights, brick walls, white tablecloths and fresh roses adorning every table. Underdog thought the AC could've been ratcheted up a notch, but the ambiance was otherwise extremely pleasant. As I've mentioned elsewhere in my blog, we're seriously aged and tend to take our largest meal of the day at odd (*coughearlybirdcough*) hours, so don't let the vacant look of the place give you the idea that no one but us eats here.
We were greeted very warmly at Sunday's by the sister of the owner/chef and also got exceptional service throughout the course of the meal. Wine list, water, and warm, herbaceous focaccia with dipping oil were presented almost immediately upon our being seated.
The starters did not fail to impress...beginning with my Panko Crusted Oysters served atop Wakame Salad and topped with Wasabi Aoli (which kind of made my nose burn because I'm wimpy about wasabi, but which Underdog deemed to be just the right kick for these delightfully crispy-fried, fresh-tasting mollusks). Trust me...I didn't let my wimpy nose stop me from snorting these succulent delights!
We also tried the Lobster Bisque, which was amazing and of the old school variety...savory and smooth, and oddly without that orangish tinge that most lobster bisques have, which kind of had me wondering if it was going "lobsteriffic" enough until I tried it. The flavor was really intense and I have never seen so many (and such large) chunks of lobster in a Lobster Bisque ANYWHERE...and I'm talking "in the World". It was fabu...and I seriously doubt you'll find more lobster in any $9 dish wherever your culinary travels may take you. Impressed.
UD was excited to see the offering of Brick Pressed Duck with Anjou Pear Slaw, Hibachi Sauce and Veggie Fried Rice because he loves duck...but the fruity sauces that usually accompany it, not so much. The duck was crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside...just as God intended. The fried rice was also well executed and the perfect accoutrement. Underdog, being the simple beast that he is, was a little skeptical of the parsley baster for the hibachi sauce, however. C'mon, honey...lift your bloody knuckles up off of the cave floor and walk upright. You're highly evolved enough to play along.
My Colossal Sea Scallops were just that (no one is taking liberties with the word "colossal" here at Sunday's)...absolutely huge, sweet and tender, and seared to caramelized perfection. They were served atop a cauliflower puree (which, in itself, didn't excite me all that much as cauliflower isn't a personal favorite of mine...but was fine, fresh-tasting, exactly as advertised, and accompanied by some really delish roasted corn, crimini mushrooms and white truffle butter). The fact that I would've preferred a corn and mushroom risotto aside, I really enjoyed this entree. Doesn't it look nice?