In: Eating4 May 2011
UPDATE: closed (map) Feel like taking a mini-vacay to Hawaii? Sail into Wyland’s and, for a while at least, you’ll be transported far from Bee Cave. Surrounded by dozens of marine-themed paintings and sculptures and bathed in blue light, it’s almost like being under the sea as you nibble on dishes like these crab cakes. Tender patties of shredded crab, sauteed and topped with a zesty lemon aioli sauce.
A whale of a mural dominates one end of the blue-hued dining room. We were there for lunch on a gloriously sunny day, and the restaurant had all the doors open across the front. You can eat at tables, booths or at the bar. There’s a second, more intimate dining room in the back.
Dolphins abound here, captured in paintings and sculptures of the graceful fish.
A clever twist on the BLT: a stack of grilled mahi-mahi and bacon, with flatbread subbing for the usual slices of bread. This was a tad tricky to eat, but the smokiness of the bacon teamed well with the grilled flavor of the fish. Shoestring fries were nice and crunchy.
Wyland’s shakes up one of the best ritas out West – and you know that’s saying something! Ziba, the bartender, would not reveal her “secret house recipe.” Below, the marine theme even extends to custom flatware.
The gallery on one side showcases the many works of artist Wyland, the “marine Michelangelo.” All of the art in the restaurant is for sale, and benefits conservation efforts. Art with a porpoise!