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Boom, Westbrook, CT (Long)


Restaurants & Bars Southern New England

Boom, Westbrook, CT (Long)

dennisl | | Aug 16, 2012 05:13 AM

Was here last night for a Ladies Night with a group (five of us.) We had planned this last month thinking the deck would be perfect in August. None of us had been before.
The place is fairly hidden, I was surprised how far in off the road the marina goes, beautiful setting. We had reservations but clearly didn't need them. We started on the covered deck, once the storm rolled in we moved inside as the lightening was close and making some nervous.
Took us a while to get our drinks. I had a fairly tasty, yet lacking in vodka, Bloody Mary. We started with the Very Thin Onion Rings For the Table which can with a dipping sauce (aioli-ish,) This is dubbed on the menu as 'a New York Times favorite.' We also had for a starter Cedar-Planked roasted Brie, and Tuna Tartar drizzled with wasabi aioli. The onion rings were crispy, but scant onion taste as they were so thin. Basically a thin piece of batter with some onion flavor. The Brie was ok, wasn't served with much bread for the amount of Brie, we agreed the planking and grilling didn't seem to make a big difference, tasty, but it's Brie, hard to ruin. The tuna tartar was good and fresh, for $16 we expected a bit more of the tuna and less of the Asian slaw it was served with.
Moved on to Fried Narragansett Oysters and Crispy Shrimp drizzled with a citrus wasabi. Both were served hot, and crispy. They both had a bit too much breading for the size of the shellfish. The oysters inside the breading were sweet and tasty, the shrimp was ok, fairly bland.
After eating so much fried food we moved on to the pear salad with greens, Gorgonzola cheese and carmelized walnuts, it was good.
Next was the Lobster Risotto ($32.75.) Surprisingly came with a great deal of seafood (small lobster claws, scallops, shrimp and mussels) though the seafood was a bit bland. Had a very mild sauce with peas, some cheese melted on top which had very little flavor at all. Some white rice was tossed in, not a risotto.
Dessert we ordered a limincello mousse/parfait and what we were told was a house-made flourless chocolate cake. The limincello mousse was an utter disappointment with at least 3 inches of the liquor sitting in the bottom of the champagne flute. Chocolate cake was good, but not great.

Overall we found it to be expensive for mediocre food, mediocre service. We won't be back for dinner, possibly drinks and apps only.

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