Like attaching a fake mustache to a Halloween mask or cleverly changing your name from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ben Kenobi, adding a new ingredient to something familiar can render it delightfully unrecognizable. Enjoy inventive eats with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary American fare during dinner at Cobalt Grille in Virginia Beach.
Executive chef Alvin Williams draws upon his English-Jamaican heritage and experience in the kitchens of some of London's finest hotels to manifest Cobalt Grille’s chic, contemporary menu. Begin a sophisticated sojourn into supper with a plate of scallops Rockefeller featuring delicate sea meats crowned with sautéed baby spinach, applewood-smoked bacon, standard-oil dividends, and parmesan cheese ($10.95). Coated in an apricot-brandy balsamic glaze, the oven-roasted Maple Leaf Farms duck breast complements its oven-baked crispness with sides of mashed potatoes, broccoli florets, poached pear, and cranberry relish ($21.95), and the hickory-spice-rubbed flatiron steak arrives tableside with sautéed mushrooms, hand-cut fries, a bourbon demi-glaze, and not a single wrinkle ($20.95).
Showing respect for the environment and local commerce, the kitchen serves organic and locally grown products whenever possible. Tiny white-linen-topped tables provide the foundation for colorful bud vases, making Cobalt Grille a perfect spot for a romantic date, and exposed-brick walls and fruit still-lifes make it an ideal setting in which to woo a lonely mason or a produce man.
Raised in England by Jamaican parents, Alvin Williams developed a knack for merging global ingredients early on. Now, at Cobalt Grille, he draws upon his heritage and tenure as a chef at some of London’s finest hotels to craft a menu of upscale American-European cuisine. He uses locally sourced, organic ingredients with fresh seafood, lamb, and duck, and pairs them with the likes of parmesan risotto, wild mushrooms, and quinoa.
Lauded by Hampton Roads as “sexy in an understated and elegant way,” Cobalt Grille’s dining room ensconces companions in booths illuminated by tiny blown-glass chandeliers and separated by thick black drapes that can, as long as the wine is as good as they say it is, double as impromptu capes. In addition, the outdoor patio, filled with fire pits, is a great destination for a night out.
Northeast Virginia Beach
1624 Laskin Rd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451