We dined twice at The Cove. The setting is beautiful, and we had very good service. Unfortunately, the food does not match the ambience.
Both nights I began with a soup...lobster bisque and french onion. Both were watery broths. No lobster meat or cream in the one. A few limpid undercooked onions with a tiny cheese topped crouton on the other. Truly disappointing. One night my partner began with the crabcake that was 95% gummy filler. (Bread soaked in water?) Next a caesar salad with a very bland dressing that cried out for a squeeze of lemon and a bit of garlic.
For entrees, my snapper was well cooked, but served with a bed of nearly raw red and yellow peppers and rosti potatoes that had gone limp under the moist fish. My partner's lobster thermidor had a watery sauce and no seasoning. The second night mains included an acceptable stuffed chicken breast and a very fatty ribeye steak.
Nothing on the menu is complicated....all Cooking 101. There really is no excuse for such mediocre preparation in such a dazzling setting. The management should buy the chef The Joy of Cooking and make him read it.
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