Do not be dissuaded by the slightly scruffy waterfront area of Port Arthur; instead enjoy the excellent interior chosen to reflect a birch forest - black and white - with a delicate touch of green and some good art on the walls, along with a fireplace. Probably you should make a reservation as you will not want to miss the selection of local foods that are on offer in this relatively new restaurant.
The menu focuses separately on foods from the water and from the land, but on both our visits in the past week, we never got past the water. Start with the pickerel cakes as they are outstanding. I love fish cakes generally, but these are outstanding. There are two in the portion - so it is a good choice for sharing.
On our first visit, we had the shore lunch option, the least expensive item on the menu and quite delicious - with whitefish that melts in your mouth; fresh veggies and french fries that are somehow both crispy and soft at the same time. On our second visit, we tried more exotic fare, the pickerel pasta dish and the saltimbuco whitefish. Concerned that the sauce might overwhelm the pickerel in the pasta, we had held back from that idea - but what a magnificently subtle pairing with a slightly creamy sauce that set off the fresh peas just as well as the fish. The pairing of prosciutto and whitefish is inspired. Please leave some room for desserts! They are so good that you will have to plan several trips to try them all, although I would start with the local version of crème brulée, tinged with lemon and scented with lavender.
The wine pairings are suggested on the menu; and we complied twice to good effect. Look, if somebody cooks this well and they offer a wine suggestion, you just take it!
The service is good - both our waitstaff were helpful, quiet and droll as appropriate.
This is one of the best meals we have had this year, anywhere.
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