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[Barnstable] Dolphin

Harters | May 27, 2012 02:26 AM

We liked it here. There was good food and the pleasant ambiance you get from a traditional sort of restaurant.

There was some cream cheese and crackers to nibble on while we waited for our starter. Clam chowder was excellent – a thick creamy soup, packed with potato and clams with saltiness coming, I think, from bacon. Mussels were a generous portion of plump, juicy bivalves, cooked in white wine, garlic, parsley and tomato. Really very good.

Even after visiting American for more than 30 years, I’m always pleasantly surprised to be given a separate salad course. It’s something we just don’t do in Europe (at least not in the parts of Europe in which I live or visit). Here, it was a small plate of lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomato and onion.

For mains, we stuck to the seafood theme. Sole had been floured and fried to a nice crispness. And there was a good sauce featuring mushrooms, capers and sundried tomato. I’d never had scrod before (at least not with that name) – Google tells me it’s a young cod or haddock. Cod, I think, in this case. It came with a crust of ground pistachio which gave an interesting little sweetness. Unfortunately, it also came a a bit overcooked. Not massively, but just a bit past the “nice flakes of fish” stage. Tasted good though. Both dishes came with green beans (which had something of an odd sweetness to them) and tasty mashed potato.

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