The foundation of any restaurant is the food and, alas, it is not on par with the setting at Arrows. Arrows is in a rather well maintained 18th centry house in Ogunquit, Maine, a very nice town. A waiter with a chef's compliment greets you between the the parking lot and restaurant entrance. In this case we received a spoon of salad with a vinaigrette dressing. It did not wow us. The dressing was a fair bit weak and the vegetables disappointed as well. Given that their garden is on site, I was expecting to be "wowed" by the vegetables. Breads were good enough as were the 3 "premium butters" we ordered to accompany them. Although the grissini was a fair bit softer than the real thing one finds in Turin, Italy or a good Italian restaurant. My oysters 3 ways disappointed -- the fried one's crust was not as crispy as I would have liked and one of them was nearly floating in a cream dressing. Then the "summertime" tasting of scrambled eggs with a meat stock (odd pairing), beets (very nice), blue cheese toast w/ coriander ice cream (did not work) and tomotoe and cucumber salad with lemon ice cream (did not work) did not please. My wife's prosciutto (house-cured) was rather nice. Sliced almost thin enough (it should be transparent) and nicely cured. But, the prosciutto was chilly rather than room temperature rendering it incapable of bringing out its full flavor. A scallop entre was quite good, but dessert was extremely disappoingint. I had the Thai Box. The rice cake had almost no taste, the coconut ash pudding was minute and it was hard to tell if it was infused with coconuts and the banana fritters were just decent. For $334 for 2 including service 1/2 a bottle of Riesling and one glass of dessert wine, it just was not worth it. The tasing menu at Jean Georges in NYC is about the same price and there is little comparison in terms of the food. And Jean George is paying an awful lot more rent, but it is nearly the same price. Service as very nice and the ambiance was as well, but one must start with the food and then move on to the "front of the house," etc. Their food oscillated between decent and good, with a rather sub-part dessert as an exception and I was hoping for much better than that.
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