March 18, 2005
The decor is pretty unique. The two long walls are covered with blackboards, one with their entire extensive menu and the other with their wine list. The small bar looks out over the kitchen (so the food coming out can tempt you). The tables seem to be placed with no rhyme or reason, but the entire atmosphere just lends to the dining experience.
We started off the dinner with a glance at their extensive wine list and settled on a red wine. There is something for everyone in the wine category here, and the blackboard on the one wall describes all the wines. We had no idea what we wanted to eat and were a little overwhelmed by the extensive menu. We asked our server, and she went through her favorites and the bestsellers category by category, starting with appetizers and ending with desserts.
At our table we had the scallops pomodore, the Greek salad, the beef tips, and the lobster and shitake mushroom pasta. All had amazing presentation and were very good. If you are a fan of seafood, I would recommend both the scallops and the lobster pasta. The lobster and mushroom pasta was a recommended choice, and let me tell you, the server did not lead us astray. The lobster was very well done and the sauce on the pasta was light, creamy, and rich, but not too heavy. I would definitely suggest it. The beef tips were very good as well. They were cooked perfectly and served over amazing mashed potatoes. The scallops pomodore was very good. The scallops were huge, but not rubbery, and the sauce had a good mix of spices. The salad was absolutely huge and could have fed a family of four!
For dessert some people had the amazing chocolate mousse, but I decided to indulge in one of their martinis (another specialty). I would highly suggest the mint chocolate-chip martini - the perfect ending to a great meal!
If you are looking for an extensive menu with an array of dishes, great service, a laid-back atmosphere, and wonderful food, the Wild Monkey is for you!
From journal Fun in Norfolk