i need to give this place two separate reviews. one for dinner an one for breakfast -- as they were two totally different experiences.
on a recent trip up and down the coast of maine and the last stop was ogunquit. it was the only dinner i didn't research out or plan. it was 4 pm and i called to see if we could even get in. they were totally booked but said they could figure something out. that was the first sign of the customer service we received that night. everyone was so nice and accommodating.
we arrived and the cutest little table was set up right inside the door. sat down and the dinner began. so many wonderful choices. our server happened to be the chef's wife and she was awesome. i got the frog's leg provencal appetizer and the fisherman's soup. my partner got the yellow tomato gazpacho and the yellowfin tuna salad nicoise. we then had a cheese plate and split a dessert of passionfruit pot de creme with homemade macaroons. all paired with delicious wines.
frog legs: perfectly cooked. so tender and delectable. perfectly seasoned. fantastic.
fisherman's soup. now i know why people got mad when the chef tried to remove it from the menu. such a light complex flavored broth with fennel, a little tomato and finished off with pernod. the mussels, fish, clams and shrimp were perfectly cooked -- just done.
gazpacho. unbelievable. i can't even explain how fresh it tasted.
nicoise. the presentation was a clever riff on the classic with perfectly seared rare tuna medallions placed around a white bean salad encased in a cucumber wrapper and topped with thin slices of egg and an anchovy.
dessert. amazing. the currants on top were a perfect burst of flavor.
i didn't love ogunquit but i lived this place and would go back for dinner in a minute. what a gem. FIVE STARS FOR DINNER.
dinner was so good we decided to stop for breakfast on way out of town. what a different experience. it was almost as if they hadn't cleaned up or prepared for the morning from the night before. the hostess was mildly responsive and awkward. there were dirty tables and noone in the dining room. and when i went to the restroom there was standing water on the floor which i promptly reported.
i ordered earl grey tea since i'm not a coffee drinker and they were out -- in fact they didn't seem to have any caffienated tea available -- only herbal left in the box -- but after searching multiple tea boxes i found one bag of english breakfast. we were seated under the music speaker which was blaring pat metheny and other strangely 80s smooth jazzy tunes. and we could hear verbal complaints coming out of the kitchen in reaction to orders. the vibe was such a let down from the amazing experience just 12 hours before.
the food was still fantastic so i would go back but have to downgrade BREAKFAST TO 3 OR 4 STARS because of the service and the atmosphere. winderful homemade pastries and jams. perfectly cooked french toast and eggs as well as delicious french stewed beans.
i'm a huge fan of this place and hope that monday morning breakfast isn't always this way.