m & I hit up neptune for my first and her second time. i was eagerly awaiting this spot as it has received seemingly positive reviews on this board. we started with 10 oysters. penobscot bay, kumamoto, etc. all were fine, tasted fresh. the only issue was that the sauces were AWFUL. the mignonette sauce tasted like it was made from corked wine. it was just distasteful. the cocktail sauce was almost as bad, overly sweet, no heat. we asked for additional horseradish to boost up the heat, and i had an opportunity to eat it solo. the horseradish must have been grated weeks before. it had absolutely NO heat, no flavor and really just tasted like dirt. suffice to say, we ate our oysters solo from that moment on.
ordered the fried jumbo shrimp with sweetbreads (per the suggestion on this board $28) and fried clams. while i initially felt like a traitor, eating shrimp and fontina (who eats cheese and fish?!) it was a nice combo along with a green olive tapenade. the sweetbreads were not prepared to my liking. i found them too chewy and didn't have a nice crispy crust. there was a gremolata that added a nice level of acid to the plate. overall, i would not order it again, but it was interesting to try.
the fried clams were 99% good. unfortunately for us, our 2nd to last clam was a bad one.. and you know what bad clams do for ones tongue, mind and potentially belly. yuck!
the waitress, while nice, was totally absent. it took a good 10 minutes to get her attention to get the checks..and we were sitting at the bar.
while the interior is fantastic and the food was okay, there is no reason to rush back.
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