Finally got a chance to try 53 South in Norwell on Saturday night. There has been a lot of South Shore buzz about the place. (We went after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean-fun summer flick!!) We had 9 o'clock reservations and the place was very crowded. VERY small space and all the tables were full. 2 parties of 6, 2 or 3 4-tops and 3 deuces, so it was hard to tell how many actual tables they have- 10 or 12 maybe. Only wine and beer available.
First the food-wonderful. I had the foi gras app w/ a mango (?) chutney. Nice presentation and delicious. My husband had the grilled shrimp app.with black ink pasta. The flavors were a wonderful combination and the shrimp not overcooked. Main course- I had the Asian inspired shrimp, just the right amounts of heat and again not overcooked which so many places do. My husband had the tenderloin with the most yummy horseradish mashed potatoes and perfectly grilled asparagus. We shared a lavender infused creme caramel that was light and with a not too sweet caramel sauce.
The service was excellent. I think there were 2 waiters and 1 person bussing. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, obviously had tried most of the entrees. I had been debating between the roasted cod and the shrimp. He swayed me on the shrimp based on his descriptions.
I had 2 glasses of Cambria, My husband had 2 glasses of Syrah (Rockwood, Rockrabbit, something like that) He had coffee (no cappuccino or espresso available) I had a lovely dessert wine, not overly sweet and hubby had a vintage port. Total bill was $147 before tip. It wouldnt have been that much except we were drinking glasses of wine vs. buying a bottle.
Overall experience: Great for food and service however the space is very small and therefore VERY noisy. Not intimate at all. They try with very low lighting and candles but this just made it hard to read the menu. We would definitely go back for the food but I think for a intimate night out I would stick with either Saporitos (Hull) or Tosca (Hingham)