We flew into San Diego to attend a wedding in Laguna Hills, and when we landed we were starving (of course!).
We were recommended to try Blue Water as they had awesome fish tacos – all the locals love this place. Fish tacos??! Fish tacos?? What on earth is a fish taco? We’ve all heard, seen, and eaten stereotypical tacos on our side of the world, you know the ones filled with some beef mince or shredded chicken, lots of salad, maybe some refried beans… But fish??!
After standing in line for a while, we ordered a number of things to try.
For starters, we had a fresh shrimp ceviche served with el Indio chips. Ceviche is essentially a fresh salsa with chopped tomatoes, onions, herbs, and of course, little shrimps! The chips were super crunchy and the salsa was refreshing. Very easy to eat!
We also tried the crab and artichoke dip, which came in a small bread cobb. While it was nice, it was a little heavy for me.. So I only had a little bit.
Mr Ana ordered a snapper taco ($4), sea bass taco ($4), and a lobster bisque ($10). Both tacos were completely stuffed with fresh salad, but the star was the fish – of course! The snapper was perfectly grilled with a lovely grilled smokey taste, and juicy and flavoursome. The snapper was super fresh. The sea bass was also very juicy, even more tender then the snapper. The fish was grilled with no coating to disguise the fish, which was the best way to eat it.
The lobster bisque was very rich, with generous chunks of lobster floating in the soup. The soup itself had an orange tinge and tasted of lobster shell. The bisque was nice, but again, a bit too rich for me.
I ordered a soft shell crab sandwich ($13). The sandwich came out with big toothpicks in them to hold them together the bun was toasted and crunchy and the soft shell crab was perfectly cooked – crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The light tartare sauce was lovely and tangy which went beautifully with the crab and tomato.
I didn’t think I could finish the sandwich but I stuffed the whole thing down – big pat on the back for me! I had a very happy stomach. I had crab juice and tartare dripping in my hands – but no matter, it was well worth it.
We were fortunate to find this place, as it’s only really known by the locals (and being near an off ramp to a highway, it doesn’t surprise me that visitors know about the place). I was grateful for a glimpse into proper local food, and seeing as I practically had to be rolled to the car after lunch – clearly I enjoyed it!
Blue Water Seafood & Grill
3667 India St
San Diego, CA 92103