Friday, July 1, 2011

Cafe Luna (St. Pete Beach, FL)

I was in St Pete Beach early last week for a two-day personal business trip.  I got in at around 8 pm, so I went straight to Cafe Luna for dinner.  Cafe Luna is a casual bistro right on Gulf Blvd, the main drag in St Pete Beach.  I requested to sit at the patio to enjoy what was left of the evening sunlight while listing to soft jazz music playing in the background.

Cafe Luna's menu can be described as American with an Asian and Italian flair as a number of items are prepared with an Asian (e.g., Seafood Curry, Asian Sea Scallops, Stir Fry Penne) or Italian (e.g., Snapper Italiano, Italian Pizza) twist.  I decided to try the Far East Tuna, which was a seared Ahi tuna with a wasabi pea crust with veggie stir fry, rice, and hoisin and sriracha sauce.

Far East Tuna at Cafe Luna in St Pete Beach
Far East Tuna ($19.90)

I must say the presentation was interesting.  I think the authentic chopsticks were a nice touch even if the two didn't match one another exactly, and it seems the chef is pretending to write Chinese characters with the sauces but failed miserably at it.  Well, can't fault them for trying, right?  Other than the rice, which I wasn't a fan of, the rest of the dish was pretty good.

I had considered getting dessert, but there were only three options:  The Chocolate Espresso Torte would have been too loaded with caffeine for me at that late hour and I figured I wouldn't like the Praline Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce given my ice cream snobbishness.  The only option left was the bread pudding which I had wanted to try, but turns out it is rather large and usually split amongst four people.  So I decided to pass on dessert.

When the server came back with my bill, he also offered me a free dessert.  There had been a minor snafu when I first got there, in which miscommunication among the restaurant staff led to no one coming to take my order for more than 15 minutes.  The owner felt bad and wanted to make amends with a dessert on the house.  And when have I ever turned down free dessert??  So I went with the Praline Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce.  I figured I probably wouldn't like the ice cream, but overall the dessert was very satisfying thanks to the delicious caramel sauce.

Praline Ice Cream with Caramel at Cafe Luna in St Pete Beach
Praline ice Cream with Caramel Sauce

Overall, I enjoyed my visit to Cafe Luna.  I went in expecting pretty good food in a comfortable environment and that's exactly what I got.

Restaurant info:
Cafe Luna
6700 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
On the web:

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