Yesterday (Sunday March 3, 2013) four of us went for dinner at 530. Despite walking past 6 empty tables were were told we had to wait for 15 minutes as they were shorthanded. When seated our waitress, Ally, did a decent job given her workload. She was always very pleasant and helpful, if not prompt and attentive (not her fault). The Tavern Favorites include Fish and Chips; I had had a sensational meal of F&C at the Lobster Pot in Wareham a week ago and was ready for more.
When it arrived a single piece of some kind of crusted fish covered 90% of the plate. It was room temperature or less. And, incredibly, totally without taste. Perhaps that was a blessing. Balancing precariously off to the side were small cups of a tartar-like sauce and some cole slaw. Underneath all this were about 20 pieces of steak fries -- large, meaty cuts of potato. My guess is this was at least the third time they were fried. They were floppy with oil; tasteless (unless you count the fish-like taste that came from sharing the fryer with my entree and who knows what else) and burned.
I could fault Ally for bringing it out but I certainly fauly the chef... no, that's overstating it...the frycook for daring to serve it; and the owner for daring to put it on the menu.
Our dining partners went with the $20 meal and shared bottle of wine. They got the merlot. At least that's what it said on the side of the La Terre bottle. Vinegar has had better days. Rancid. Weak. Watery. Retched.
As I write this I'm kicking myself for not sending the "food" back... along with the "wine."
Not many places are open in the winter. And this should be one of them. Along with all the other months in the year. Shame on 400 East. And you've been warned.