VC Nightlife Spotlight- Rumfish Y Vino

Anne Albaugh- Citizens Journal

For a fun date night on the town we thought that we would visit a local Ventura restaurant called Rumfish y Vino located at 34 N. Palm in the downtown Ventura area. The charming courtyard adjacent to the venue has been transformed into outside dining as well.

We were greeted by three ladies who promptly seated us inside upon our arrival at our requested reservation time. The Christmas decorations were still up and the warm glow from the lights on the tree added coziness to the atmosphere. There is a bar area which we were seated next to but this did not distract from our date night.

The waiter took our drink order and recommended some specialties of the house. We had the Pineapple Habanero Rum Fizz and the Bramble Ramble. The spicy rum fizz was a mixture of pineapple and spiciness and not too sweet. The Bramble Ramble is their version of an old fashioned. The muddled cherries were a tasty complement to the rye whiskey.

We ordered the specials of the evening. The nice young man we had as a waiter was helpful with his suggestion that we order our main dishes along with our appetizers. He noted that they were slightly understaffed in the kitchen and did not want us to wait too long for our meals to be delivered. I appreciated this advice from him and we quickly ordered our dinners at the same time as our starting appetizers.

The starter soup was lobster bisque with pureed vegetables and chunks of lobster. The flavor was pleasant and the lack of cream gave the bisque a lighter taste. The ciabatta toast added texture and a helpful tool to soak up the warm bisque. The other starter was the halibut ceviche. This was noticeably light and flavorful. There was the perfect amount of citrus added so that the flavor of the fish was enhanced.

The first entrée was wild Alaskan halibut in a coconut curry sauce with sauteed baby squash and roasted fingerling potatoes. The halibut was not overcooked, and the coconut curry danced on the tender fish without being oppressive. The squash and the potatoes were presented well and were not overdone or soggy. The Daou Sauvignon Blanc complemented this dish and expressed earthy tones of California which played against the coconut curry flavors favorably.

The second entrée was a 14 oz Delmonico steak cooked medium rare lying in a blend of kale and jalapeno salsa Verde. The steak wore a crown of herb seasoned compound butter which melted as I watched. The steak was served hot and beautifully medium rare. The experience was delightful, and the flavors played happily upon my tastebuds. The herbed mashed potatoes and the roasted broccolini rounded out this delicious meal. The Daou Cabernet Sauvignon paired well with the steak and the spiciness of the kale and jalapeño side dish.

As we finished our meals, the restaurant started to fill with young adults for an evening on the town. The restaurant has a menu of specialty cocktails, and a chic meets casual vibe. This restaurant has great service and delicious food in a cozy atmosphere and look forward to another evening at Rumfish y Vino!

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