by Thomas Miller Vero Vine Food Blogger
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I’ve been wanting to try the Mo-Bay grill for some time now. I’ve read the stories about it, and some of the great reviews too. I’ve not had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica yet, so I was anxious to try some of the great island flavors! Chef Wesley Campbell is the owner of this establishment and has quite the cooking history, so the food has to be great, right?
We arrived for an early dinner on a cool and rainy Saturday afternoon around 4:00pm. There were only a few other diners in the restaurant when we arrived. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere, cozy, yet did not feel cramped. Southwestern colors adorn the walls along with murals of life in Jamaica. Lighting was soft, but not so much as you could not read the menu. We were seated in the dining room in a booth by the front windows. It was roomy and fairly comfortable and as a bonus, we had a water view!
We were presented with menu’s and the waitress took our drink order. They have a special tropical fruit tea house blend that both my wife and I ordered ($2.59). You can get it sweet or unsweetened. We had them do half and half, since we did not want it to be too sweet. It had the perfect blend of tea with just a hint of tropical fruit flavor. It was good without being overly fruity. We started to browse the menu and it had quite the variety of different foods, not just Jamaican dishes. If you are the more adventurous eater, but those that dine with you are not, there is still a decent selection for them as well. From a cheeseburger, chicken tenders, wings, ribs and seafood, there is something for everyone on the menu. I wanted to try a dish with island flavors so I chose the Curry Chicken. My wife chose the Philly Cheese steak sandwich. Pictures and individual dish comments are below:
Curry Chicken ($12.99) – The dish was colorful and well presented. Generous portion of chicken, red beans and rice, a vegetable slaw, and a fried plantain completed the dish. I like spicy dishes and the waitress said they could make it as spicy as I liked. I asked them to add medium heat to the dish, and it was on the milder side for my tastes. They have an in house hot sauce that I had on the side to add some additional heat. The chicken was still on the bone, and very tender, but was not that easy to pick out the bones. It would have been better without the bones, but that is where some of the additional flavor comes from, so I understand why the chef left them in. I don’t eat much curry, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but it was tasty, without being overwhelming. The red beans and rice was good, but nothing special. The vegetable side dish was presented like a slaw and tasted better than it looked. Overall I was satisfied with the dish.
Philly Cheesesteak ($10.99) – My wife ordered the cheesesteak without peppers. It came with fries and she chose fruit as her other side dish. She offered me a bit of the filling to taste and it was very good! The meat was very tender, the onions were nicely caramelized, and the cheese flavor was great! The only negative was that the bun was a little overly toasted and almost black on the inside edges, yet it did not have a burnt taste at all. It was a very good choice!
Toasted Coconut Rice Pudding ($6.00) – I chose to order dessert and the rice pudding sounded good. I was not disappointed, it was just slightly sweetened, and it was very creamy! The toasted coconut on top was a nice decoration and it did add a nice subtle flavor to the pudding. The plate was decorated with cinnamon and powdered sugar. It was a nice way to round out a great meal!
My expectation of this place were set fairly high after reading other diners reviews and I was not disappointed. The restaurant has a great location, atmosphere, and of course the food is outstanding! I will definitely be returning in the near future for another great meal at Mo-Bay Grill and I suggest you give them a try too!
Atmosphere – 5 Forks
Service – 5 Forks
Food – 5 Forks
Ratings Scale Legend:
1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent
1401 Indian River Dr, Sebastian, FL 32958