Sunday, June 16, 2013

Moonraker--Pacifica, CA

Belgian waffle at the Moonraker Father's Day buffet. This needs to be ordered.

We ate here for Father's Day today and were taken by the views from the restaurant. Each booth near the window was oriented in a semi-circle configuration such that everyone at the table could look out to the ocean.

Jenny and I both enjoyed the sugar beets and Belgian waffles (which had to be ordered), the latter of which came with fresh, airy whipped cream. The clam chowder was super-meaty--the best clam chowder I've had in years. The eggs florentine also turned out well.

As far as seafood, just about everything was as it should be, except the crab, which didn't taste quite right. Jenny agreed. To me it tasted very bitter and I couldn't go on. The shrimp were sweet, though, and were worth the trouble of peeling them.

If I'd had any more stomach room, I would have gone back for the roast beef. Fresh slabs just kept coming in throughout the buffet. It went superbly with their horse radish.

The dessert bar featured a chocolate fountain, though the kids surprisingly didn't finish what they took (I had to). The carrot cake was perhaps the best of the lot.

There were three seatings: 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30. I understand how this helps the restaurant for planning purposes, but the downside is everyone crashes the buffet line at once.

I enjoyed the buffet and had a great time with my family. That said, except for perhaps the clam chowder, nothing stood out. Though the kids couldn't keep their hands off the chocolate croissants, Moonraker didn't have the must-have dish that will reel us back.

105 Rockaway Beach Ave
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 557-7025