We've dined at just about every 'hot spot' in Portland over the last 15 years and were anxious to try Eventide after reading 'great' things about this restaurant, which is next door to Hugo's. I must admit that the oysters were exceptional..we started with a 1/2 dozen assortment and loved every one. After that, a light dinner for us: Lobster roll and clam chowder for me, and Ed had their 'special' mussel salad and then the Lobster Stew.
The lobster roll came out first....sorry Ed. I was startled to notice that the lobster was sitting in what looked like a raw doughy hot dog shaped roll.....I touched it and it was warm....took a bite and the bread tasted just as raw and uncooked as it looked...and the lobster in roll was just barely firm...a wee bit raw for me. Clam chowder arrived next...(still nothing for the husband)....the chowder was creamy and nicely flavored, there were clams and potatoes and then there were big pieces of what looked like undercooked sliced bacon ....could this be possible? Didn't eat the bacon....(I always fry bacon when making chowder, use the pan drippings to saute the onions and flavor the base...then put a bit of the fried bacon on top of the chowder before I serve it.....but at Eventide not one bit of crispness to that bacon...they probably just threw the slices into the pot for the 'boil'.....geeish, at least trim off all that unappealing fat for goodness sake!)
Ed finally got his mussel salad....he was unimpressed. Kind of boring. Lobster stew finally came out. It had the same base that was in my chowder but with a slightly red color (lobster......where?)...alas, the lobster stew had not one piece of lobster in it, let alone a potato or anything else one might think would be in a 'stew'. He mentioned it to the waitress who brought it back into the kitchen, then right back out explaining the chef makes the lobster stew without the actual pieces of lobster and he forgot to put some in before serving (oh, did he forget to cook the roll for lobster roll as well and the bacon in the chowder?) Anyway, the small handful of greasy looking lobster was now sitting in Ed's lobster stew, looking like it had been drenched in butter...perhaps that portion was suppose to go into the next 'butter coated' lobster roll, which is one of their lobster roll dressings.
So, it was not even about having dessert at this stage of the game. Yummy oysters....but please, Eventide...pay attention!!!!! Each time the kitchen door opened we saw 'men in black' shirts standing around....get to work in there!!!!
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