I love Dorado: the atmosphere, the food, the BYOB, and the low prices for beautifully prepared fish. Really, I much prefer to prepare fish myself because ordering fish can often be risky at most of the moderately priced restaurants I usually visit.
The almond crusted trout with the coconut milk-based sauce so tenderly joins the perfectly cooked fish. The addition of the fried platanos just takes it over the top for me: I'm addicted to the plaintain.
A chef friend was in town for the National Restaurant Association show and wanted to go to Fogo. Fogo is pretty out of the price range now as the wedding reception bills come rolling in. So, lucky us, he was unable to procure a reservation and left the choosing to us.
For all the reasons mentioned above I chose Dorado. No problem getting a Saturday evening reservation and the parking there is sublime.
We started with duck nachos and a queso con rajas.
Unfortunately, our inconsistent server heard "salmon" instead of "snapper." The chef of the group ordered the snapper and my heart sank. The other two orders, my fish, and a pork loin and lamb entree were dropped by a runner. The runner stated: fifteen minutes for the snapper. Yikes. Now, we all know why the chef ordered the snapper, (whole fish prep) and we were surprised to see some kitchen antics over this mishap. The grill is right in our view. The fish was not put on the grill immediately or soon after the mistake was obvious. We were surprised at how long it took the fish to get on the grill....
When the snapper had not arrived after the rest of us nearly completed our meal, I felt the need to intervene. Since no representative of the establishment offered an apology or anything, I asked to speak to a manager. The chef came out and apologized and I accepted it. I understood the mistake and said so, but also mentioned that I was embarrassed that I was finished eating and my guest, a chef, had yet to be served after 15 minutes and was abandoned and in agony as we all ate a really delicious meal. He said he was sorry and I asked him to comp the meal. He said he guessed he "had to."
I was thankful and mentioned LTH, which he was happy to hear and knows we are "really nice" people.
He did come out later and apologized to our guest. He also took the most expensive entree off of the bill, which I think was the lamb, and was appreciated as well.
I felt really bad, and the chef(nombre?) said, he is not happy if his guests are not happy.
We stopped at Lutz on the way home to pick up dessert, which was $12 for three slices of cake....it was so worth it...the next day, since we couldn't touch any food after the richness and quality of everything we had at Dorado.
The snapper, apparently, was out of this world yummy. Thank goodness for that.