September 20, 2013
|Photos by Derek Plank courtesy of Tom Ham's Lighthouse|
After an arduous day, we chose to visit Tom Ham's to catch a sunset dinner. We started with a couple local brews from the well organized craft beer list - a Port Brewing Mongo IPA and an Essence IPA from Hangar 24. Tom Ham's has also embraced the craft cocktail trend with a variety of offerings, and their wines by the glass are very reasonably priced, with the most expensive glass at $9.50. To go with our frosty beers, we also sampled a serving of Chef-selected oysters. We soaked in the sprawling scenery, slurped down our oysters and sipped our icy IPAs, and all our worries seemed to fade away. So serene!
Our next course was the fig and burrata salad ($12), a perfectly simple dish with fresh California figs, creamy burrata cheese, local watercress and a drizzling of toasted pistachio burrata. Although the leafy greens were difficult to eat due to bit too much stalk, the dish was rustic and delicious - an ideal combination of sweet and savory.
It's difficult to choose from the entrees, but the lobster bouillabaisse ($32) beckoned, and the piping bowl of fresh seafood did not disappoint. The mix of lobster, clams, mussels, scallops, cod and lightly creamy saffron broth made for a tasty seafood stew that I surprisingly finished, even sopping up the last bit of broth with the accompanying toasted baguette.
We weren't permitted to leave without dessert, and we're happy our hosts insisted because the "Zumbar float" ($9.50) was right up our alley. A unique mix of chocolate coffee stout and Bailey's Irish Cream gelato, this inventive finish was akin to an Irish coffee and had us both loving life. We were also presented with The Elvis ($8.50) - a mix of banana cream, peanut butter mousse and bacon toffee, as well as an off-the-menu offering of sticky toffee pudding ($8.50) with bourbon pecans and bourbon banana sauce. We were completely satisfied and ready to slink under the table for a nap.
On the weekends, wedding watch from the upstairs patio, as the bottom floor includes numerous banquet areas that can be rented for anything from class reunions to corporate events to weddings. Tom Ham's Sunday Brunch is reportedly legendary, and was listed by OpenTable as one of the 100 best restaurants for brunch in the U.S. in 2012 (pre-renovation!). The restaurant also serves lunch everyday but Sunday and has dinner daily.
TOM HAM'S LIGHTHOUSE
2150 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island
Monday – Thursday
Lunch 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday
Lunch 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch 9:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner 4:00pm - 9:00pm