The RFMH, out on the Georgetown Peninsula near Five Islands, just down east of Bath, has been our favorite Mid-coast Maine restaurant for years; has never disappointed, and as part-time Mainers, we've had diverse occasions there -- Easter and Thanksgiving dinners, multi-course tasting dinners with wine pairings, special menu theme evenings. Then came tonight.
A local acquaintance told us owner Michael Gagne had lost his Chef de Cuisine, Troy Mains. Tonight, during an Italian-themed prix fixe meal, Michael was seen to be so (harriedly) busy pushing orders out of the kitchen he scarcely had time to do his usual schmoozing of the mostly-local (and seemingly Bowdoin-tinged) crowd.
And the food? My lovely spouse referred to it as "tasteless as hospital food." A TOTAL departure from every experience we'd had there before over the last 10 or so years.
I'm hoping this is a temporary aberration which will pass once a suitable new chef is brought in; Michael is obviously spread too thin with his entrepreneurial activities to be effective running the kitchen himself (we regularly are able to buy his 72-layer biscuits at Whole Foods in Houston).
But something's got to give with the present situation as exhibited tonight. Don't know, maybe they left out all the seasoning as a Tax Day protest. Otherwise, a major, major disappointment.