We had a pretty unenjoyable evening here last week, in terms of both food and service.
We were seated in the conservatory, which was probably lovely in the summer but at the end of September, really wasn't. Our seat was right next to a fire exit, through which a really chilly blast was coming. There was an improvised curtain on the bottom half of the door, so the owners were clearly aware of the problem and really, there shouldn't have been an extra table squeezed in there until the draft had been dealt with properly.
Anyway, it was actually making my hands go a bit numb, so after five minutes, we very politely and apologetically asked to move. The waiter looked at us as if we'd spat in his face. We were moved into the main room which was warmer, but we'd obviously annoyed him with our perfectly reasonable request, because when he took our order, he practically snatched the menus out of our hands.
Putting that behind us, we ordered, and my husband had a quite tasty vegetarian dish with squash and lentils and so on; our wine was also very good. I think it was a sancerre, off the top of my head. But my pan-seared lobster was really, really dire. It was overcooked and chewy; and the broth was just dreadful. It didn't taste of saffron or calvados; it just tasted bitter and a bit charcoal-y - as if something had been perhaps burnt in the sauce then removed. The potatoes were nice, but the asparagus was very hard (and I say this as somebody who really likes their vegetables on the toothy side of al dente).
The whole thing was a mess. I didn't eat half of it, but the huffy waiter didn't bother to ask whether there was a problem.
Of course, as we ordered the check, Mr Grumpy suddenly turned into Mr Charming and started chatting to us about our holiday. Isn't that always the way, when they remember a little thing called 'tipping'?
The next day, we went to Catch of the Day in Wellfleet for lunch. A tiny, shack sort of a place, no tableclothes, no linen napkins. And the most delicious, fresh, well cooked seafood you can imagine, at a third of the price.
Which just made me even more angry about wasting my dollars at the Cape Sea Grill, which really is about a tenth as good as it thinks it is.
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