There are many times when we decide to go out for dinner, and Ann Arbor is a wonderful community to go have a bite to eat. The choice of restaurants is very eclectic and a great area to walk around. One night we stopped at The Real Seafood Company for dinner. The restaurant has that Chicago chic look to it with its more casual appearance of appearing to be in a loft setting, My only complaint with rooms of this nature, is that the restaurant tends to be noisy, as there is not enough materials to deafen the roar of the crowd, and in a college setting, the noise level can be more than a dull roar.
We went in, and had our first dinner there, and the staff was very attentive and gracious, which is always a good sign. I think professionalism of the wait staff is a hallmark of an establishment, whether it is in a restaurant or a retail environment. A basket of fresh bread was immediately brought to the table, and it was very good, and I am not a bread eater as a rule. We started off by sharing an order of well made crab cakes that were meaty and not dry. My Bride ordered paella and I was going to enjoy some crab legs. The dishes included a course of Cole slaw which was very creamy, which is how I like it, and I believe one could upgrade for a salad instead, but the regular course was fine for me. My Bride was going through a phase where she was ordering paella when ever she could, and this was a very tasty version, with a good flavoring of saffron. I went with a simple preparation of crab legs and when they arrived they had been cracked and sliced open, to make the dinner all that much more pleasant. They also had accommodated my request to have some crushed garlic added to the drawn butter that would come with the dinner, and I was sure that it would have not been a problem because when we walked in I could enjoy the scent of garlic in the air. For dessert we shared a very well made chocolate mousse along with our coffee.
We also had a bottle of J. Lohr Chardonnay 1999 from the Monterey region of California. This was a buttery Chardonnay that was most enjoyable through the evening as the seafood was also buttery in flavor and the wine was a subtle but excellent enhancement to the dinner. Certain wines tend to be more memorable, even when they are not dear in price, if they really meld with the experience.