Have you ever had the perfect day culminate into a really excellent dinner and live music session? On Saturday, that's just what we had! On the advice of the proprietor of the Bacchus Inn, we made reservations to eat at Martini Beach at 8:30. Since the weather wasn't too terribly chill, we opted to walk and enjoy a light conversation on the way over-- and it allowed us the freedom to have a second martini and not worry about driving. Martini Beach is located right on the main drag and the entry way leads you upstairs to host station that looks into the bar area. The lighting is right and the decor speaks of class. Although we were fifteen minutes early, we were given a seat overlooking the ocean in a nice quiet corner at a table for two. Our server came quickly and brought us water and told us of some really great sounding appetizers. I ordered a belvedere martini as is my won't, while my very special date ordered a buffalo martini. Mine was served just right and hers definitely was one that will wake your mouth up. A few shakes of tabasco hot sauce and a drink is born that will bite you back.
On the advice of our waitress, we opted to try the goat cheese dumplings and the bacon wrapped sea scallops to start. The dumplings were really quite good and although the reduction soy dipping sauce at first seemed thick, really complimented the taste and surprised us both. The sea scallops were prepared excellently as well- meaty, smooth and firm, wrapped in a high quality bacon that almost got eaten before having a chance to take a photo. Luckily both dishes remained long enough to attach their pictures to this review.
In the background we heard an acoustic guitar playing and although we were unaware of it, this week was "singer songwriter" week in Cape May and only served to enhance our meal further. Great food and live music is a combination that is hard to beat in my book-- throw in good cocktails and a dinner date that's second to none and the perfect night is born.
For the second round of apps, we chose the turkish pizza and although different than what you would call pizza, was delicious and savory. Cap all of this off with another Belvedere martini and a Red Velvet martini, some stimulating talk and fresh new music and the only thing left to do was have an espresso with a snifter of Chambord.
Having finished the coffee, the music called to us and grabbing the remains of the Chambord, we left our seats to look in and listen to a couple of the artists that had travelled from around the country to play their music.
A nice walk back to the inn and a five star meal was complete- a night we won't soon forget.
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