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Abba's in Orleans

Pat Goldberg | May 24, 2003 09:08 AM

Abba's in Orleans, MA, bills itself as a Mediterranean restaurant with Thai influences. The chef and owner is an Israeli; his assistant is Thai. The description is reasonably apt.

We had eaten there last summer and thought that the restaurant had promise, although things were uneven. We tried it again last Thursday and concluded that the food had moved up a notch.

For starters, Dick had Brewster oysters. He thought they were good, although not as good as Wellfleets, and enjoyed the Thai-influenced lime dipping sauce that went with them. I had grilled squid that was also quite good.

For main courses, Dick had lobster pad thai that he scarfed up. I had lamb brochettes that were quite good, but in too large a serving.

Desserts are their weakest thing, although nothing was unacceptable. I had a lemon-flavored creme brulee. Dick had something chocolate.

This is not an inexpensive restaurant. But in addition to good food, the service was excellent and the room is well designed and the tables appropriately spaced. Considering the state of dining on the outer Cape, this is a good choice for a somewhat expensive celebratory meal.

Pat G.

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