I ate here a couple of nights ago with friends, all of whom ordered something different. No one raved about their dishes, though one said he was happy spending the extra money ($3) to have his fish prepared Shanghai style (thought, to be fair, he never complains about his food and is very free with his compliments - since this was his only compliment I take that as a less than a full vote of confidence). For starters we had the fried calamari ($11) and the crab and artichoke dip ($9). The calamari was sliced thickly and came with a nice sauce. The portion wasn’t as large as most restaurants serve. The crab dip was good, though the tortilla chips were very thin (need to use a utensil to apply the dip to the chip) and very salty. A couple of us had the New England clam chowder ($5). While it had a reasonable amount of clams in it, I have to say I’ve never had a clam chowder like this before. If it had flour in it there wasn’t. The broth was very thin for a chowder and I’ve never tasted any clam chowder like it. I can’t describe it other than to say there was a very slight sour note that I’m hoping was intended. In lieu of the slaw with my dinner, I elected to get the Caesar salad for an up-charge of $2. One had the option of getting an anchovy strip on top of the salad, which I did. The romaine was chopped into small bits and there were probably not more than six of seven croutons, which was fine with me. The noteworthy thing about this salad is that it didn’t have the traditional Caesar dressing on it. I’m not sure how it was dressed, as there wasn’t much, but it was obviously clear (or too little to be noticed). While the salad wasn’t bad, it didn’t have the Caesar taste I expect. For the main I order the Atlantic salmon ($23) and elected to have it blackened. That was a big mistake. The salmon was very thin and all I could taste was the spice. Given the amount of spice and the thinness of the fish, I could have been eating anything. As my side I ordered the mixed vegetables, but received the rice. Another at my table ordered the rice but got the vegetables. The error was corrected quickly. The vegetables were very good, though some of the onion slices were so thin that they came out as paper thin black strips from being sautéed too long. I do want to commend the service. It was friendly, responsive and prompt.
In summary, my experience may not be representative of the overall state of affairs at this restaurant and I may have ordered a perfect storm of dishes that didn’t please my taste. I have to assume that others like the New England clam chowder and Caesar salads here or they wouldn’t continue to prepare them as they do.
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