My husband and I had lunch at Kinkeads yesterday courtesy of a friend who had given us a gift certificate as a wedding present. We had been there, four or five times before, but not since the renovation, and were looking forward to it.
Sadly we were mostly disappointed. I wonder if this because they use lunch as training ground for employees? Our server was an odd pill--I ordered a Bellini and he wanted to make sure I knew they didn't do them frozen (is this even possible? and I don't look 21!), then he proceeded to bring me a mimosa with a shot of peach nectar and insisted that was a Bellini. Uh, don't think so.
The Ipswich clams were good (we'd had them before) as were oysters on the half shell but I just didn't get the wood grilled squid appetizer. The polenta, tomato sauce and pesto were fabulous but the squid was inedible. It was cut into giant rings that were impossible to chew and nearly impossible to cut.
Entrees were the lobster roll platter and pistachio crusted salmon medallions. Husband who is from New England though the lobster was overly seasoned for a traditional roll. To me it tasted like traditional seafood salad. He also disapproved of the hard roll-saying traditionally the roll should be soft. My salmon was piping hot and really delicious but I wonder who worked out the plate's composition. In addition to the salmon which was accompanied by a full-bodied tomato sauce, there was fried fennel (more friture than fennel), mashed potatoes that tasted more of butter than potato and on top of the mashed potatoes was a pile of salad with roasted peppers, black olives liberally dressed in vinaigrette so salty I couldn't eat it (and I love both salt and any kind of salad). The whole plate seemed to come from the "more is better" school--it was over the top in a bad way.
We passed on dessert. Don't think we'll be back anytime soon.