Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Restaurant Review: Corvina Seafood Grill

Celebrating its one-year anniversary in December, Corvina Seafood Grill debuted on the Boca dining scene to much fanfare, and it continues to deliver consistent seafood-centric dishes in a charming coastal setting. Texas native Jeff Tunks, a professionally trained chef with vast hospitality experience, has brought a Northeastern flair that’s seen throughout his dishes. You can catch Tunks greeting guests in the open kitchen while vigilantly ensuring the dishes meet his high standards before they head out to his hungry patrons.

The menu is indeed seafood-focused, and Tunks does a noteworthy job of incorporating South Florida’s varied Latin and Caribbean culinary influences into it. Peruvian and Honduran ceviches share the menu with Brazilian fish stew. You’ll also find plantain-crusted corvina in a Creole curry sauce alongside Jamaican jerk chicken and island-spiced pork ribs. Aside from the menu, the décor adds to the seaside feel with serene shades of blue throughout and a ceiling detail that’s reminiscent of coral.

Classic Peruvian Ceviche; photo by Aaron Bristol

We started with the Bar Harbor Roll ($26). While the description does say warm Maine lobster, I was thrown off by the warmth of the roll, but not necessarily in a bad way. It was well balanced with spicy blue crab and avocado, and topped with a citrusy agave-lime aioli that had a hint of sweetness. I also tried the Classic Peruvian Ceviche ($14) that came with all the anticipated accoutrements like pieces of sweet potato and cancha corn in a citrus leche de tigre marinade. It was refreshing and served with tortilla chips for easy scooping. Other appetizers included vegetable options like roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts alongside pork ribs, charbroiled oysters, fish chowder and char-grilled octopus.

With a focus on sourcing local ingredients, the menu spotlights several daily specials, so look out for those. We enjoyed the Local Red Snapper Parmesan Almondine ($41), but the regular menu also features whole local snapper in case this option isn’t available. It was a little too drenched in the sun-dried tomato and basil butter sauce for my taste, but the toasted almonds gave it a nice crunch, and it was served with a hearty portion of creamy lobster mashed potatoes.

Red Thai Curry Shrimp; photo by Aaron Bristol

I also tried the Red Thai Curry Shrimp ($35) with local Key West pink shrimp that I would order again. Flavorful without being too spicy or too bland, the dish’s pineapple gave it a lovely, unexpected sweetness. The Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese ($28) was recommended, and so we indulged. While the butter poached lobster was tender and abundant, I was hoping it would be mixed into the white cheddar mornay sauce instead of just being placed on top.

In another nod to shopping local, Tunks features a homegrown Proper Ice Cream Sundae ($12) on his rotating list of specials. There is nothing quite like a Proper sundae, and I loved every bite.

IF YOU GO

110 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton; 561/206-0066; corvinabocaraton.com

PARKING: Valet and street parking

HOURS: Mon.-Thurs., 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

PRICES: $12-$59

This article is from the November/December 2022 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe to the magazine.

Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie is a food lover, travel fanatic, bookworm, Francophile, and she believes art in all its forms is good for the soul. When she’s not writing about the incredible dishes, people and places that capture South Florida's culture and vibe, Christie is irresistibly happy in the company of her husband and a glass of red wine.

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