My wife and I had our 27th anniversary dinner here last night and we were not disappointed. The ambiance is wonderful, the view superb, the seating comfortable, and the food and drink mostly terrific. The wait staff were friendly and accommodating. Personally, I think Fino may currently be Bellingham's overall best restaurant.
We started dinner with fried calamari with a tzatziki sauce and a mixed green salad with with a lemon vinaigrette. The ingredients were of top quality and everything was perfectly cooked/prepared. The tzatziki had too strong a dill taste for me, but that is purely personal preference. Two thumbs up for the starter course.
For our main dishes my wife had a vegetarian platter with a variety of excellently prepared vegetable preparations. No complaints. I had a plate of three sliders: beef, lamb, and house-made sausage. These were memorable, one of the best dishes I've ever had in Bellingham (30 years). The buns they were served on were to die for, warm, soft, melt-in-your-mouth good.
Everything was not perfect, however. We started with cocktails. I ordered a kir and my wife ordered a champagne cocktail. My kir had a distinct off-taste. It tasted like it had sweet vermouth in it. As it turned out, the burgundy wine used was the tail end of a bottle kept over from the day before, and it was not good the second day. This is something the server/bartender should have caught from the get-go. He remade the kir with a newly opened wine, and it turned out to be one of my favorite kirs ever. Night and day. Oddly, the server brought over a wine glass with a sip of the original wine in it. This should never have happened. (The waiter was quite young.)
On the drink upside, I liked my wife's champagne cocktail better than any I've ever had. I've never been a great fan of champagne cocktails, but I would definitely order Fino's.
The other misstep came with the polenta fries that accompanied my sliders. These were not very warm and looked like they had been cooked in the day's last oil and had sat under a "warming" lamp for some time. The texture was not good, and there was little polenta flavor, if any. Considering the care and detail devoted to everything else, this was a quite a shock.
I took home a slice of lemon tart and savored every bite in front of the TV.
Overall, dinner at Fino's was a great experience, one that I hope to have again very soon.
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