Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Make friends with aquatic fare with today's Groupon to Desert Fish. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a seafood dinner for two (up to a $78 total value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $14 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $32 value each)
- For $75, you get a seafood dinner for four (up to a $156 total value) that includes the following:
- Two appetizers (up to a $14 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $32 value each)
Armed with freshly flown-in sea fare, Desert Fish's culinary artists concoct a menu inspired by classic Northwestern seafood dishes. Appetizers such as the Pike Place crab cakes invite munching duos or quartets to share conversation and interpretive dances to "Happy Birthday" between each bite of lightly browned morsels topped in a roasted-garlic aioli. The caesar seafood platter weighs down plates and helps servers develop disproportionally large biceps with 1 pound of crab clusters, six oysters, and a half-pound of shrimp nestled in a bed of romaine spears. Expert seafood chefs can fill plates with white-wine-steamed clams tossed with linguine, house-made fumet, roasted tomatoes, and braised chard, or break taste buds' seafood trances with Steak Diane's 8 ounces of grilled-to-order, flat-iron protein. Diners can also find nourishment in the mustard-crusted sockeye salmon, whose wild-caught filet is closely monitored by cooks garbed in oven mitts and temptation-fighting muzzles as it bakes on a cedar plank.
Desert Fish, located in the Nob Hill District, blends a casual dining-room ambience with the sophistication of white tablecloths, wood walls, and mustached fish. Though not included with today's Groupon, groups can pair eats with fresh squeezed fruit, martinis and wine from the bar.
Inspired by the seafood of the American Northwest, the culinary team at Desert Fish prepare exclusively wild-caught catches using fresh, contemporary seasonings. The cucumber-melon finish of their Shigoku oysters from Washington State’s Willapa Bay prime palates for kona coffee-crusted Hawaiian snapper or house-made gnocchi with littleneck clams and pan-roasted brussel sprouts in brown butter sauce. Behind the bar, bartenders compliment the dishes with wines and specialty cocktails mixed with fresh fruit juices and herbs, such as the Mint Mirage martini, whose basil Hayden Bourbon and fresh mint magically disappear before diners’ eyes over the course of about 20 minutes. The restaurant also serves weekend brunches, offering a diverse selection that spans from fried oysters with biscuits and gravy to crab cake Benedict.
4214 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108