Sometimes you walk into the Drunken Fish in the Central West End and no matter what you're wearing, you feel underdressed. Sometimes it's the place to see and be seen.
Luckily for me, this time it wasn't like that. Other than a few Mardi Gras stragglers and a spattering of 'girls' night out' tables, it was a tame - not too fancy - crowd.
Since it was Saturday night at 7, we made reservations and were quickly seated. Servers were zipping around us in that frantic dinner-time-rush mode, but we were attended to right away. On our servers suggestion, I had an off-the-menu martini - of which the name is escaping me - that involved vodka, sake, a peach and some type of peach juice/puree. It was a solid concoction. (If you ever find yourself here, just ask the server for the martini that was recently removed from the menu that involves a giant peach slice floating at the bottom. That should - at the very least - point you in the right direction).
We started off with the basic: edamame. Now it's hard to mess up steamed, salted beans, but when the salt only lands on the top layer of soy-bean-goodness and several of the beans looked liked a shriveled mess, I would say it was below par. But of course we still ate it because, hey, who doesn't love edamame?
For my main sushi course, I tried out the Mango roll (one of their new ones): crab, mango and avocado topped with tuna and salmon, as well as a combo of sauces. One of the reasons I love DF is their crazy selection and variety of rolls, so I was very excited to try this one. Now I'm a huge fan of having mango in a roll - it's a nice burst of sweet in the sea of salt, spice and meatiness. But this slice of mango was huge. Like star-of-the-roll huge. It hit the upper limit of the correct amount of mango in sushi. Not to mention, the roll itself was large. And while I've come to expect having to shove a baseball size amount of sushi in my mouth when I order from the fancy side of the sushi menu at DF, this one was particularly large and messy. In spite of this, however, the roll was very good. The flavor meshed well and had the right combination of textures. Though it may not become a regular for me, I wouldn't be opposed if it showed up on my plate again.
bottom line: as usual, a solid experience with good service and a nice selection.