My husband and I used to love the al fresco dining at the casual and laid-back Bimini Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After being closing for a short time, it is back better-than-ever with a sophisticated remodel, new owners, and a killer menu. Introducting Boatyard, a gourmet gem on the waterfront.
My friend Erin, a food blogger at The Epicurean Traveler, and I had the chance to unwind and dine at Boatyard after a long conference day. Boatyard is an alluring local hotspot, complete with an upscale menu, marina yacht-watching, and spectacular service. The owners wanted to make sure it was understood that Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the yachting capital of the world.
To start with, I ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake appetizer. I loved the fact that Boatyard offers a “hook to table” menu, meaning every seafood item is fresh and never frozen. Tasting that divine crab cake was a testament to how fresh and luscious the seafood truly is. I have eaten crab cakes at many places around the world and this was easily the best one I had ever tasted! My crab cake sat atop a tasty bed of corn relish and was served with cilantro mustard remoulade sauce on the side.
I wasn’t very hungry for a big meal so I opted for a bowl of Crab Bisque. With Boatyard’s fresh seafood availability, I knew that it would be fantastic. Boy, was it ever! The succulent crab was plentiful in this rich and velvety soup. I nearly licked the bowl when I was finished!
Erin chose the Grouper Piccata, covered with a rich and buttery Chardonnay sauce. The capers added a nice touch and saltiness to the dish. It looked phenomenal.
Though I was not very hungry for dinner, that quickly changed when the waiter presented us with the dessert menu. I’m not typically a dessert fan, but the Boatyard dessert menu quickly changed my mind.
I chose a dessert simply called “Peanut Butter & Jelly”, a layered mousse with a fudgy chocolate crust and light peanut butter mousse on top. A sweet and full-bodied berry compote was drizzled across the plate. Ice cream accompanied the mousse. I am not sure what the crumb topping was across the dish, but it tasted a bit like toffee or brickle. Yummy! It is safe to say that I truly enjoyed every bite.
The Boatyard proved to be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous Fort Lauderdale scenery. Entrées were between $25 and $50. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy Boatyard’s waterfront patio bar with a fabulous happy hour.