SUMMARY: If you can make an entire meal out of fresh-baked bread and a lobster tempura appetizer (special), please read no further--this is the place for you! Please leave any and all service expectations behind, however, and be sure to pass on dessert.
We eat out regularly and have done so for years; however, we just returned from one of the worst meals/experiences either of us can recall. I won't even go into all the details of why the service and overall experience was so subpar. We showed up shortly after 7 for a 7:15 reservation and finally left the restaurant at 9:30 p.m. We were on our way to walk out the door around 7:30 and, in retrospect, wish we had kept going, but when we told the hostess we were going to leave (we were seated just a few tables away from a LIVE BAND), she asked us to please wait 5 minutes, that she was in the process of reseating us. OK. We really appreciated that. But live and learn--it's like the SATs--go with your first answer!
On the plus side, the lobster tempura appetizer on the nightly specials menu was EXCELLENT. I enjoyed it immensely. It came with a chili-orange sauce and a "char pineapple" (no char, but fresh pineapple for sure) salsa, which was tasty and a nice complement to the lobster. That was 1/2 my dinner--other 1/2 was lobster bisque. I have no complaints about the bisque, though I am not one to order this frequently enough to have a big point of view on lobster bisque, so I can only say I did enjoy it and it did not lack chunks of lobster. I'd give the lobster tempura an A, the bisque a B. These are the ONLY things we ate and enjoyed tonight.
Shared appetizer--jumbo lump crab cakes. The creamy, lemony dipping sauce that accompanied them was the best part of the dish. The crab cakes themselves were lots of breading, little crab, molded into perfect little disc shapes (no doubt made elsewhere). J Gilbert's makes, IMO, the best crab cakes in our area. And I personally have made crab cakes, so I understand what good crab cakes are all about. These were all about BREADING. What a disappointment!
My dining companion ordered another nightly special: tournedos of filet mignon and Maine lobster claw. If I should ever have the misfortune to be hospitalized and order filet mignon, this is what I'd expect. It tasted like brisket, but not prepared lovingly like any other brisket I've eaten and enjoyed. I did not eat the lobster claw. When I asked, he said he had had fresh lobster recently that was better, so it was "OK," but not great.
I am obviously a sucker for punishment. It's a cold, rainy night and a decaf cappucino and something for dessert sounded good. Decaf cappucino (we each had one) = warm milk with a hint of slight coffee flavoring. Molten chocolate cake a la mode was the nail in this dinner's coffin. It's been years since I've tasted Hershey's syrup, but whatever was drizzled on the dessert plate tasted like a thinned version of it.
Our total with 2 glasses of wine each (excluding tip) was $105. We've spent this kind of money recently for EXCELLENT meals at La Tavola in Waterbury and J Gilbert's in Glastonbury, to name just two places I love in a similar price range. Those two other restaurants are SO FAR ABOVE Angelico's in food, atmosphere and service, I can only say what a waste of over $100 and 2+ hours, but at least we can vote with our feet. We will not return to Angelico's Lake House ever again. I can think of too many other places where we'd prefer to spend our money, time and calories.
Angelico's Lakehouse Restaurant
81 N Main St, East Hampton, CT 06424
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