The success of our dinner here was due, in large part, to the restaurant’s location. It’s right on the waterfront with fabulous views of the sunset. You can put up with some slips in the cooking when you have compensation like that.
It’s fair to say starters were a bit of a disappointment. Two quahog clams were stuffed with chorizo, breadcrumbs, onion and red pepper – but, oddly, it was all very bland and boring. Clams Casino brought half a dozen local clams topped with a bacon, herb, butter and breadcrumb mix. Flavour was fine but the clams themselves were a bit chewy and gritty.
Main courses were much, much better. Haddock was treated simply and with respect, being topped with just breadcrumbs, flavoured with lemon. It came with green beans and roast potatoes. A bugbear of mine is the pretentious way restaurants sometimes use foreign words for which there’s perfectly good English. So, this place chooses not to describe the vegetable coming with the haddock as “green beans” but “hericot vert”. If you really must do this, then please get the spelling right on both occasions your menu lists it. It’s “haricot”, not “hericot”.
Swordfish was as good as the haddock – simply grilled with no other cheffing about. That came with lemon quinoa and a blackbean, corn and tomato salsa. For me, the two accompaniments were a bit samey in texture – both to be scooped up on your fork, but flavour was fine (although it wouldn’t have hurt to put some chilli in the salsa).
We shared a key lime pie for dessert. Disappointingly, it overly sweet