As you’ve probably learned by now, I have more sass than most people can handle. So if I don’t eat approximately every 2 hours, I start to go into a state of hangry. I actually get hanxiety. The folks at Temper Grille in Boca must be very in tune to this delicate condition, because not only did they name their restaurant after this kind of attitude, they also have a menu full of delicious tapas style options to combat it.
I am one of those freaks when it comes to food temperature – one milli-degree below piping hot, and you can bet I’m nuking that dish in the microwave. So when the Mini Steak Chimmi’s were served at room temperature, I wasn’t sure I was gonna vibe with this dish. But the preparation of the meat was spot on, and I, along with everyone else at my table, went bonkers for the chimichurri sauce. We were literally all trying to figure out what else on our plates we could use this on, because we would have happily slathered it on anything. The dish is also served with tomato strips, avocado, and toast points. Off to a great start of combating hanger!
Another hit was the the Ahi, a seared saku coated in sesame seeds and served with soy wasabi sauce. Ahi Tuna is found on almost every menu in South Florida, so it can start to get a little boring for us Floridians (I know, rough life, forced to dine on sushi grade ahi every night while basking in the glorious weather). But the sauce on this dish along with the beautiful cut made it a standout.
It takes a lot for a salad to excite me. Taking me to a restaurant and asking me to be excited about a salad is like taking me to Harrod’s and asking me to get excited about shopping for socks. What made the Chop Salad so great for me was the blood orange vinaigrette that it was dressed in. A dressing can make or break a salad for me, and the beautiful flavor in this dressing made it. I love how colorful the salad is too; it’s made up of sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, candied almonds, bleu cheese crumbles, dried cherries, and parsley.
When the scallops are the size of meatballs, it’s gonna be a good night. Blackened and seared rare, and served with spicy mango chutney, these scallops were pure scallop perfection. The sear and the blackening on them were outstanding. This might be one of their tapas dishes that you DON’T want to share – I actually think they may have come up with the name of the restaurant after witnessing too many temper tantrums over people forced to share this dish.
What can I say about the four cheese blend Mac & Cheese besides “Give it to me now, and no one gets hurt.” Ours was served with blackened shrimp, but you can also choose to add in pork belly, roasted pepper, or lobster. The bread crumb topping is just like the icing on a cake – it makes a sweet dish just that much sweeter! This dish will leave you with a smile on your face and a bulge in your belly that just screams, “worth it.”
We also got to sample the Duck Bites and the Steak Bites, both served with remoulade sauce. Visually, they are extremely similar, which caused me to pop in a duck bite, thinking it was the steak. And it wasn’t until our server brought us the dish of steak bites, that I realized I had just “oohed” and “aahed” over a piece of duck, a meat that I claim to not like. Sampling the steak bite right after was a bad idea, because in comparison to the duck bite, the steak seamed really tough. The duck was so tender and flavorful and seasoned so well which is probably why I actually enjoyed it! Moral of the story: don’t make a mis-steak – order the duck.
Looking at the picture, you can imagine how my whole face must have lit up at seeing a huge mound of lobster. However, the Lobster Bites, which are sauteed and finished with a garlic cream sauce, served on a bed of smashed red skins, were mainly just potatoes, which obviously you know I love my potatoes, but not when I’m expecting a mouth full of lobster! Each component of the dish is delicious, but the portion of lobster was more disappointing than checking my banking account daily.
Creamed Corn with Red Pepper Sauce sounds about as exciting as a day at the DMV, but don’t be fooled: this is a surprising win! The sauce gives it a really nice kick. This side will definitely enhance your meal!
I order Chinese food so much that not only do they know my name but they know the name of my cat (which is hopefully not because they are planning to use him as Moo Goo Gai Rigby). So when the Temper Noodles arrived, I was psyched. And to a see a giant egg just ready to burst with yolk all over the dish – well, let’s just say I was really turned on. The yaki soba noodles are sauteed and served with a blend of veggies, and seasoned with a Korean teriyaki sauce and spices. The flavor was simply magical – a must for Asian fusion lovers.
My hanger certainly was cured, but there’s always still dessert, so definitely make sure to leave room, because the 2 we were served were total home runs. The Strawberry Shortcake is unlike any version that I have had before. The base is actually a grilled angel food cake, the strawberries are marinated in balsamic fig and then everything is covered in homemade whipped cream. The combination of savory, sweet, and tangy was so unique, and not in like the weird girl in high school that walks around with a pencil box full of lizards unique, this is like the good unique. Just try it.
And the chocolate truffles? Like solid balls of Duncan Hines icing, you know, the kind you buy a tub of to ice a cake and take one spoonful to try and then end up finishing before the cake is even out of the oven? Yeah, that kind. But classier. So good.
There’s certainly enough options at Temper Grille to satisfy any hanger attack – so when hunger strikes and you’re about to turn in to the worst version of yourself, make sure you schedule a reservation!
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.