Lunch at PassionFish

Louisiana Crawfish Etouffée
Of all the restaurants in Reston Town Center that I’ve tried my favorite is PassionFish.

From their website:

The cuisine of PassionFish represents the bounty of the world’s oceans, lakes, seas, and waterways reflecting the flavors and natural resources of the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The dishes feature a vast array of seasonal fresh seafood, distinctive flavors, and simply elegant presentations.





Even though the toast was almost burnt and quite hard we loved the smoked fish spread. It was mild yet flavorful.
smoked fish spread
smoked fish spread

PassionFish Roll
PassionFish Roll $13
Salmon, Tuna, Flounder, Masago Roe, Mustard Soy Dressing

PassionFish Roll

I don’t eat raw fish but I tried it and I really liked it! It was very fresh and didn’t taste fishy at all. The mustard soy dressing gave a good and spicy kick to the mild flavors of the sushi.
PassionFish Roll

The weekday lunch specials were a great deal!
PassionFish's lunch special menu
PassionFish’s lunch special menu

Normally a bowl of blue crab and corn chowder costs $9 and the Crawfish Etouffée $14 for a total of $23. But since it’s special we paid only $15 for both.

I loved the chowder very, very much. It had chunks of fresh blue crab and the soup wasn’t too thick. The flavors were definitely Southwestern.
Blue Crab + Corn Chowder
Blue Crab + Corn Chowder $9 a bowl

We went on a Wednesday so I had the crawfish. I was already full from the toasts and spread, sushi and soup so I just ate a little of the yummy etouffée. The crawfish was plentiful and the sauce was rich and tasty. La brought the leftovers for her lunch the next day.
Louisiana Crawfish Etouffée
Louisiana Crawfish Etouffée $14 w/ Mahatma rice

La had the seafood gumbo. She said there was too much rice but she finished everything nevertheless.
Louisiana Seafood Gumbo
Louisiana Seafood Gumbo $9 a bowl

La is smart. She ordered the fried oysters appetizer instead of the Louisiana Fried Oyster PoBoy which was exactly the same minus the bread. It was my first time to try fried oysters and it was really, really good.
Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters $9
Chipotle Coleslaw, New Orleans Remoulade

La and I

Free rocky road chocolates

I really wanted to go back to PassionFish on a Monday to eat the Maine lobster roll but it was a Tuesday when I went back with my aunt and uncle who were visiting from Dallas.

I’ve never tried grits before so I was quite wary to order the lunch special. To my happiness the grits were creamy and mild. It reminded me of wet mashed potatoes with texture. It was perfect with the spicy shrimp and smokey strips of tasso ham, a Cajun specialty.
Shrimp + Grits
Shrimp + Grits $15
Sautéed Gulf Shrimp, Tasso, Creamy Hopping John Grits

11960 Democracy Drive
Reston Town Center
Reston, VA 20190
telephone: (703)230-FISH (3474)

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday – Friday; 11am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday – Tuesday; 5:30pm – 10pm
Wednesday – Thursday; 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Friday; 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday; 5pm – 11pm
Sunday; 5pm – 9pm

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