Took 18 people to dinner at the Ferry House last night. From a food standpoint, we had an excellent meal from start to finish. Logistics could have been a bit better, but we were a pretty large group for such a small (70 seat) restaurant to handle. It's byo so we went around the corner to the Cork Screw, which provided some excellent and reasonable wine recommendations -- I got a mixed case of NZ Sauvignon Blanc ($16) and a French Pinot Noir ($20).
We started off with appetizers for the table. This worked quite well. We had crab and guacamole martinis, fried calmari in a spicy dipping sauce, Hood Canal oysters with a bloody mary mignonette, and shrimp fried in a wrapper in another spicy asian dipping sauce. They were generally quite good, the oysters were fresh, but I'd choose the calmari over the shrimp next time.
Most of us ordered from the specials. I had seared scallops over BBQ short ribs (off the bone) and a parsnip puree. An interesting combination that really worked well. Probably the best parsnip puree I've ever had and the scallops were extremely sweet and fresh. I only wished there was more of the short ribs, which were also excellent. The other entrees folks closest to me ordered were the grilled King Salmon over garlic mashed potatoes and pounded veal cutlets with grilled shrimp, also over mashed potatoes. The grilled tuna special with oyster mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes also received rave reviews.
Desserts included molten chocolate cake, black currant sorbet, cinnamon ice cream, creme brulee, pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, carrot cake, key lime semi-freddo. Everything was declared excellent.
I've eaten with the people in this group at some of the finest restaurants in the country over the years. Everyone was quite impressed with this food and would return.
My only complaint is that they should have had two people dedicated to our table instead of the one, who was excellent and worked very hard but had to deliver all of the food, pour the wine, check on everyone, etc. This resulted in a staggered delivery of the entrees so that time between the first and last persons served was a bit long. My entree was the first one out but it was barely warm. I didn't send it back as I normally would because I was afraid I wouldn't get it back until everyone else was finished eating. I probably wouldn't take such a large group there again but I would definitely go back with fewer people.