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Royal River Grillhouse, not so royal


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Royal River Grillhouse, not so royal

mainiac | Sep 23, 2009 07:12 PM

A recent dinner at the Royal River Grillhouse in Yarmouth will surely be my last. My DC and I have been going here for a few years and have mostly had good, but not spectacular food and decent service. I ordered the baked oysters, $12 for 3 medium sized "Flying Point" (local) specimens. They were barely warm, covered with a non-descript crumb coating devoid of the advertised lemon chive oil. They were utterly tasteless and watery; gross. They tasted like they had been previously frozen, then broiled. For the main, I ordered the cioppino and received a serving of 4 mussels, two scallops, two small shrimp, a few rings of calamari, and a spoonful sized piece of salmon set on top of a very small portion of pasta. The mussels smelled funky and tasted like they had spoiled, overpowering the remaining seafood. The little mound of pasta had been seared somehow, leaving it clumped together in a ball, yuk! The waitress enquired about our meals well after the entree's were presented. I told her I was not happy with the food and thought there was something wrong with both dishes. She consulted the manager who told her there was nothing he could do. She was so embarrassed. On the way out, I confronted the manager (he would not come to the table) who dismissed my complaints by saying "these are our most popular dishes, we sell alot of them. When I tried to explain that the mussels were clearly bad, he said "well, you must have got a bad batch, sorry it didn't work out" I was speechless. Never again.

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