This quaint restaurant with picturesque views over Rustico Bay and the harbour is under new management. There are many things right about it - it hasn't any pretensions to be anything other than it is: a restaurant that serves fresh seafood simply but well. The staff and chef so a great job of making guests feel welcome - from a friendly greeting at the door to quick service and attentiveness throughout the meal to a friendly wave as we left, they've definitely got that bit right.
It was a cold rainy evening when we went so I decided to start with a small bowl of clam chowder to warm my innards. And that soup did the job. I hate it when restaurants serve luke warm soup, but this bowl of thick, seafood-filled chowder was piping hot. If I had a niggle, it's that Chef overdid the tarragon. I reckon if you can identify the taste without having to ponder, there's a tad too much. And a bit more ground black pepper would have been good. But that's my personal opinion. Overall, this chowder rocked.
On to the breaded haddock: two large fillets on a bed of lettuce with wedges and al dente veggies. The fish was excellent - not sure about the breading though. The addition of veggies made for a colourful plate which is always important as we "feast with our eyes". I think Chef would do better to cut his veggies a bit smaller but that may be just me.
The only reason I haven't rated the reasonably priced restaurant with 5 stars are the paper napkins, packaged butter and milk/cream. These do smack of "cafeteria" and like PickyDinerYorks has said, this good food deserves better.
None of this would stop me going back. The new owners have got nearly everything right. They just need to fix these little things and they're onto a real winner.
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