We were lucky enough to have two lunches here during our week's visit. Since there were just two of us, and one of us was consuming large quantities of oysters, there weren't all that many dishes we could fit in, but we did our best! In general, I was most impressed by the E chefs' command of technique, and most notably, the fry station. That chef has the fine- tuned timing of a superlative musician. Twice I had the fried oysters, all ethereal small and delicate. The first time was a chef's lagnappe ( these were my first fried oysters ever!); two on a pillowy white Chinese bao/ bun with 'Tartar', slivered jalapeno and pickled red onion. The flavors of the condiments were spot on- perfectly balanced between acid, cream, and spice, but I wasn't able to enjoy the dish until I had removed 80% of what they had glopped on. On our second visit, I ordered the small plate of five fried oysters (served with a really WRONG peanut sauce, so I requested the same sides as before.)
The Green Curry Lobster Chowder had one of the finest broths I have ever had (twice My Love enjoyed its plentiful lobster while I savored my broth plain.) I had first wanted to get the dashi chowder, but a small sample revealed an inedibly salty broth. He liked his Five Spice Duck confit but when he saw the burgeoning bowl of fried hake, he wished he had gone for that. I had quite a surprise with the Mixed Salad w/ Nori Dressing, a HUGE amount of the most tender just-picked tiny greens I have ever had , with a fascinating piquant sea-salty dressing and little mounds of slivered pickled daikon and carrot.
I sampled ~ 10 different Maine oysters at my first lunch, but the second time, I kept to Otter Cove and Norumbega, both plump and pristine and cooold (because I mentioned that my first lunch's hadn't been cold enough, this time they chose them from deep under the crushed ice; what a difference!) We skipped the retro desserts on both visits. Service was top notch, warm and helpful. Picnic table eating (or high chairs) is far from the most comfortable, but then again, you may forget that when you're focusing on food this good.
One important thing to remember when you decide to visit Eventide: aside from the high cost of eating oysters, if you're a big eater, Eventide may be the best place to learn how expensive a small plates lunch can be, but if you know that in advance, you'll probably find a way to rationalize it.*
* Our method? Easy; we've got it all figured out for next time:
M, W, F- Eventide
T, TH, SAT - Blue Rooster !
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