Anyone that’s very been to the old Rumi’s kitchen on Roswell road can attest to the quality of food and level of service they received and even though it’s moved a little south, one visit to Seabass Kitchen (in Rumi’s vacated spot) and you’ll swear the place just changed names and added more seafood dishes to the menu. The complimentary olive oil and tapenade still promptly arrives when seated, the interior is virtually the same (albeit a paint job)…hell even the some of the staff are the same! I’m not complaining mind you, just confused; upon asking I was told they had nothing to do with Rumi’s and this was a completely new venture.
With that being said, the food at Seabass was solid; the smells from the wood fired grill and ovens gently waft over as you enter the restaurant.
We dined on the grilled octopus, trout and grilled prawns. The octopus was my favorite; clean, perfectly grilled and very tender.
The prawns were definitely plump and juicy and the salad of julienned vegetables underneath added a nice touch; my only complaint was the difficulty I encountered trying to remove the shell as it had almost melted into the meat.
The service was spot on and even the owner came over to chat and insist we try the hummus…even though we were full. It was one of those put his arm around you like he’s your gramps kind of gestures (in a non-creepy way) that you couldn’t turn down. In my head I’m thinking it’s hummus, can it really be that good; there’s only so much you can do with pureed garbanzo beans…but it was pretty tasty, and that along with his zest made it worth it.
It was a tad pricey for lunch, but then again I could have gone with a sandwich and no appetizer…but that wouldn’t have been any fun! Overall it was a good experience and I would definitely come back for dinner to try some of the other dishes like whole branzino and the royal durrat. They also have non seafood options like lamb shank and grilled steaks so you can be inclusive when choosing your dining companions! Oh, and just ignore the low urbanspoon number as only 5 people have voted with the one negative from a “food critic”…