First, the setting is great: it's a hexagonal (octagonal?) building out over the water in the Chesapeake Harbour marina. Second, the menu, which varies seasonally, is great. The service is attentive without being chummy. Only the noise level detracts (that's dependent upon bar crowd and/or live music). In the summer months, there's a dockside option.
This visit we had starters: the tempura shrimp with a soy dipping sauce contained fresh, tender, sweet, huge shrimp. The cornmeal-crusted oysters were tasty and the dipping sauce peppery. The winter salad was a pleasant mix of fruits, blue cheese and greens with a wonderful orange vinaigrette and the caesar salad was generous in size and anchovies-- mmmmm! (both could have been on larger plates for a better presentation-- as they hung over the sides of the smaller plates-- hardly something to complain of). The seared scallops on sweet potato cakes served with pistachio butter were to die for. The scallops were large, juicy, tender, and sweet and just barely carmelized. I order scallops whenever possible, and these vie for the best I've ever had. There was a chocolate confection at the end (I didn't order, but had a taste) that was a bit of heaven: light, very chocolate-y, warm, and with a cold caramel sauce. I'm usually not a chocolate person, but this could convert me!
This is a lovely place for lunch or dinner, with a decent wine list. Specials are both chef creations of the day and fixed deals like Wednesday is 1/2 price for a bottle of wine. I'm salivating just remembering last night's meal. Oh-- and we eat there regularly: the food is unfailingly good!
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