Diners are treated like royalty at this oasis of quiet luxury at the
Grove Isle Hotel.
Money may not buy happiness, but it can purchase an exquisitely refined
dining experience. Tucked away behind guarded security gates on a private
island, Baleen is a paradise of quiet luxury, both in the elegantly appointed
main dining room and plush outdoor waterfront patio. Service is exceptional.
It may not be exciting, but the food is of the highest quality and precisely
executed. The signature lobster "martini" is pricey, but generous
with the succulent crustacean, bedded down on luscious truffled mashed
potatoes. Chinese-style snapper pairs the crisp fried fish with unctuous
coconut rice and sweet-tart black bean sauce, while wood-roasted day-boat
scallops get only a subtle seafood jus to accent their distinctive natural
flavor. The lone quibbles are a pedestrian chocolate-pecan tart and tuna
tataki that is more seaweed salad than meaty, sushi-grade tuna