I can add to reports that Brewster Fish House is no longer consistently excellent in the food department, following the former chef's departure to open Fin in Dennis, with her husband. The expanded seating in the Fish House is welcome, but the look of the rooms is less inviting. The seafood chowder continues to be outstanding, however.
Our waitress missed my salad order, then tried to deliver the salad after the entree was served. Seared scallops were unevenly seared, a bit chewy, and served with overcooked carrot, ordinary peas, and a pea emulsion that needed seasoning and additional flavor contrast. Dessert menu was unimpressive, we tried fresh peach sorbet, which I have made several times. My version tasted like a ripe, fresh peach, their version had a cooked or even canned peach flavor. And my old favorite wine by the glass, a California Barbera, was this year priced at $15/glass, no sale. I hope the kitchen can raise its game back to the big leagues.
Fin seats diners in the front room on the first floor and upstairs, and there is a bar area in the rear of the first floor. Ceilings are low and walls are hard, so the place can get noisy when full.
The only off note was the appetizer carried over from the Fish House. The sauteed Jonah crab cake was beautifully presented, but dry and not full of crab flavor. Salads were delicious, and the daily special of pan seared striped bass on a bed of vegetables and fingerling potatoes with a lobster reduction was a classic example of the superb fish cookery the chef displayed at the Fish House over the years. My dinner of perfectly seared scallops on a wonderful risotto with sauteed peppers and spinach and toasted pine nuts again showed an extraordinary talent for showcasing great fresh seafood with a superb accompaniment of flavors and textures.
Desserts were wonderful as well, a fresh peach tart with ginger ice cream, and a sizable panna cotta with berries and sauce.
So for those who seek the eating experience previously provided by the Brewster Fish House, try Fin, where reservations are accepted and required, which most diners would prefer to the open seating and long waits at the Fish House.
Brewster Fish House
2208 Main, Brewster, MA 02631
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