We tried the lunch today at The Waterfront, and were not happy. Our overall comment is thet the kitchen tries too hard.
When I called to make reservations I asked about the Dine About menu, specifically asking whether there were choices for each course. I was told that there were. There weren't.
First the good news. The building was built in 1898, and has wonderful old beams and pillars, plus a nice view of the bay. The service was pleasant and efficient.
The Prix fixe menu provided no description of the courses. It simply listed: Salad, Halibut, and Sorbet.
Bonni opted to order from the regular menu. I had the special lunch.
For a first course I had a very good Caesar Salad, made with nice crispy romaine and an above average Caesar dressing. Bonni had the clam chowder. We are both from Boston and are very picky about clam chowder. This one did not pass. It had too much flour, and not enough cream. We took one look at the color and knew it was going to be mediocre at best. Also the potatoes far outnumbered the clams.
The halibut had a melange of flavors that just didn't work together, and more than overpowered the delicate flavor of what started out as a very nice thick piece of halibut. The halibut was blackened, and sitting atop a bed of corn, diced zuchini, and tomatoes with a vinegary flavor. Atop the halibut was a salsa of chopped onions and cilantro. Bonni had the Fish and Chips. The innovation here was thet the fish was panko encrusted, which I liked, and Bonni didn't. It was also accompanied with some tempura vegetables, and romaine slaw, as well as the chips. It was served with little pots of vinegar and remoulard. Since neither one of us cares for tartar sauce or remoulard on our fish we did nothing more than taste it and it was ok.
The dessert was a homemade pear sorbet which was very good.
I had a glass of Trimbach Pinot Gris with it ($8.00). It had nice crisp flavor and went well with everything.