Not that anything was bad, but … nothing was really good either.
This place on Main St in Belmar has an interesting and varied menu of small plates. The inside is comfortable and there is lots of seating outside in a nice courtyard area. It is BYO.
The menu is divided up into sections based on the origins of the dishes. We had cajun bbq wings and beer cheese fries from the American section, thinking both sounded really good. Except the fries could have been much crispier to stand up to the beer cheese, which could have been more cheesy ( if that makes sense). The wings were very dry, smoked not fried, but not moist and tender like the smoked wings from Surf bbq, but the sauce was decent, if a tad too sweet, especially for CAJUN bbq.
We had a flatbread special with artichokes and goat cheese and found the flatbread not at all flat. They should call this focaccia and they also should mention that the toppings were added after they cooked the focaccia hence were cold on the warm bread. Another meh. We also had a dish of scallops from the Spanish section described as having a green sauce, which turned out to be salsa verde and did not go well with the scallops at all. They should have made an herb and garlic sauce like we had in Spain, or maybe just a good EVOO and some fresh herbs.
From the Asian section we had tuna tartare, which again was not bad, but just not very good. It was a fair sized portion of raw tuna, not toro or anything but we weren’t expecting that. This may be the first time I can recall getting this dish anywhere where we didn’t finish it.
Most dishes were in the $12 range so we ended up paying $72 after tip and left thinking it just wasn’t worth it. Has anyone else been? I was wondering if it was an off night or is this mediocrity their norm.