What a complete, total, utter train wreck! I have been going to the Beach Plum, at least once a season, maybe more depending on the chef for over 20 years. It is a beautiful room, simple, elegant with a wall of glass overlooking Menemsha harbor. You get awesome sunsets. The view was always enough to make up for mediocre food. You got always get a piece of freshly grilled fish, caught that day, from the Menemsha docks that you can see from the restaurant.
No longer. They have revised and limited the menu. Before we left last night I looked at the menu on line and hoped they had good specials. We sat down, waited awhile for a semi-vacant waiter to get his act together, and asked what the special were. He said everything was on the menu. Here goes: Sole, Steak, Scallops, Fried Chicken, and a couple of pastas for 2nds that could be made larger for firsts. What the hell happened to a simple piece of swordfish, tuna, stripped bass, anything. Not to be had. My partner had the sole. It was trimmed into square pieces, as if the chef wanted to do plate art. I had the Fried Chicken. Chicken in a fishing port? It was an act of clear desperation. The chicken was supposed to come with slaw and a pickled relish. The slaw was a small pile of some unidentifiable limp greens with two small slices of pickle.
What the hell are these people thinking. I usually don’t post highly critical reviews but in this case I will make an exception. Don’t go there, even for the view, you will walk away muttering like I did.
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