When I was a kid, we celebrated many Easter and mother’s day brunches at the old Pier East on Shaker Square. This was my first outing to Pier W, though.
I know this place was recently renovated and that it’s known for picturesque views of Lake Erie and the city. Aside from the construction that surrounded the exterior, as soon as we stepped into the restaurant, we felt like we were on vacation. This place just has the feel of a restaurant you’d find in Florida or the Carolinas, with its beautiful lake views, contemporary bar and subtle aquatic theme that’s felt throughout the restaurant, but not in a over-the-top, Red Lobster-ish way.
The menu is what you might expect, with its heavy emphasis on seafood. And with a menu like that, you won’t find any complaints here. Keeping with my vacation feel, I ordered the 1.5 pounds of king crab legs for dinner, a staple in my diet whenever I’m on vacation, and the wood roasted heirloom beets with goat cheese, marinated watermelon, balsamic and dill.
Jamie also started with the beets and opted for the Copper River salmon special instead of the filet. After our server went over the specials, I was telling people about Dominic Cerino’s involvement with Copper River and how he and Regan Reik, the chef at Pier W, just got back from Cordova, Alaska for an event focusing on these very salmon. I knew this dish would be better than the filet.
For dessert, we split the chocolate and peanut butter bomb with caramel ice cream, toasted marshmallows and peanut brittle.
From start to finish, every single bite of every dish was delicious. While I am very loyal to the beets at Lolita and still think those are the best in town, I have to say presentation goes to Pier W on this one. It really was a beautiful dish and the taste was equally as satisfying, although the goat cheese was barely noticeable. I would have enjoyed more goat cheese to compliment the sweet watermelon.
As for the steaming giant crab legs, they were loaded with meat and did not require any butter or lemon. I was the happiest person in the restaurant, which is usually the case when you put a plate of crab legs in front of me.
Finally, the dessert. In a word – wow. From the presentation with the perfect grid of dots under the mini pyramid of chocolate and peanut butter, to the overall taste. This was one extremely satisfying dessert.
The evening, atmosphere, food and company were so enjoyable, I’m going to start counting down the days to Russell’s next birthday!