Painkiller at The Black Marlin, Our Drink of the Week!

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Edwin Goei
I like drinks that involve pineapple juice in almost every instance I've had it. I think it's because pineapple juice-based reminds me of Hawaii. And who wouldn't like something that reminds you of Hawaii? Besides this, bottled pineapple juice by itself is, as far as I'm concerned, undrinkable. But put the stuff in a glass, add rum, ice and you've got a cocktail worthy of a Don Ho soundtrack, a flowery shirt, and the silly totem-pole bamboo vessel you'll sip it from. Add coconut milk to that formula, and you get, well, a very basic pina colada. Introduce to it orange juice, and some grated nutmeg, and that pina colada turns into a Painkiller.

The Black Marlin is a strange place to find a Painkiller, let alone a killer Painkiller. It is not a Hawaiian themed restaurant like Roy's, nor is it a faux-Hawaiian tiki bar like Don the Beachcomber; it's a "bar and seafood grill" housed in the garage-looking building behind Honda-Ya that was previously a BBQ restaurant, and another BBQ restaurant before that.

Above all, it's just an American comfort food restaurant. Among its main entrees, only 5 of the 12 choices are seafood. The rest: chops, steaks, and a chicken fettucine. Besides that, the "seafood grill" part of The Black Marlin is still finding its sea legs. A few dishes I tried--an odd tasting swordfish still cold in the middle and egregiously over-salted fried chicken--weren't ready for prime time. But perhaps because the bar part already know what it's doing, weekend wait times are long.

The Painkiller is everything I mentioned earlier, using Pusser's rum, served in a tall glass sprinkled with gratings of nutmeg. Yes, it tastes just like a pina colada that someone's adulterated with orange juice, but it's a refreshing surge of the tart and fruity, tempered by the creaminess of coconut, then all of it burned off by the rum. And yes, it did remind me of Hawaii.

560 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780, (714) 583-7646; TheBlackMarlin.com

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gnarchild
gnarchild

Sounds like management/owners/friends of owners chiming in to give their ultra-biased opinion. Fact is they can't defend it with any facts whatsever so they try to shoot the messenger. It is what it is, the area needs new restaurants as is Orange County as a whole- i'm just tired of seeing people ruin spaces that have more potential. It's a super cool looking garage and they open a seafood themed place with a tiki bar that doesn't look anything like a tiki bar and the ugliest carpet and furniture i've ever seen. Have you ever been in an industrial garage that looked like that? hahaha, neither has anybody else. As for the menu: i've been around the restaurant biz for a long time and i've never seen a menu that random work well. Nothing makes sense. Guess it's not too late, they still have plenty of time to fix things, let's just hope they make the right decision. 

brawny13
brawny13

This place is way cool. Not really sure what gnar_child is on about. Sounds like they didn't hire him to do a job or something. I guess every menu will be a joke when you're that bitter. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to try me one of them painkillers!

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

Painkillers are especially good boat drinks because no blender is needed. We used to mix up the base by the gallon. Pour in a glass with ice, add rum to taste, top with freshly grated nutmeg - heaven.

Evan White
Evan White

been there. Tried the Pusser's Rum (British Royal Navy Rum) before I ever drank strong alcohol. That stuff was stiff.

Elaine Hoffmann
Elaine Hoffmann

The Painkiller was invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. I couldn't get enough of them. Thanks for the tip!

gnarchild
gnarchild

That place sucks balls. One of the coolest buildings in Tustin and they RUIN it with their TERRIBLE taste in decor. It looks awful. Next time hire a professional before ruining a cool building. Also their menu is a joke. 

Snowjob1
Snowjob1

Sounds like someone really needs a painkiller!

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