Monday, October 27, 2008

Blu Seafood and Bar - Hillsborough Road, Durham

For date night on Friday, we finally visited Blu. I've read so many good things about Blu on Lenore's blog and decided it was time to give it a try. It's on Hillsborough road, right near the intersection of Ninth Street, next door to vin Rouge. We got there around 5:30 so it was relatively empty and quiet with the exception of the reggae and blues softly playing in the background. The decor is elegantly casual. It's an eclectic mix of blues and crisp whites.

We shared an appetizer of spiced calimari. This was calimari that was lightly breaded with a spicy mixture and coated with poppy seeds. It was deliciously crunchy and tender. It was definitely the best calimari I've ever encountered and it was served with a cilantro based creamy sauce that was equally tasty.

For my entree, I ordered the sauteed shrimp and diver scallops with butternut squash risotto. This had crispy prosciutto and sage leaves garnishing it along with a few filet beans. It was rich and creamy and all of the flavors melded really well together and I loved the mixture of textures. The diver scallops were amongst the largest I've ever seen and were perfectly cooked. The shrimp were just a tad overdone but still very good.

My hubby ordered the shrimp and grits which were equally delightful. His dish was also seasoned perfectly and had wonderful texture. I loved the large pieces of mushroom and bacon in that dish! With the richness of both dishes, we opted to skip dessert, but will probably give it a shot next time.

By the time we left, Blu was filled with diners. The menu is expansive and is a seafood lovers paradise. They had many daily features and specials. The service was friendly and great. The food was perfectly cooked, portioned, served promptly and hot. I have absolutely no complaints. We'll definitely be going back!

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