We spent five days in Wellfleet this past week and had some good eats and some not-so-good eats. Figured I'd get down my impressions before I forget!
We started out having dinner at Moby Dick's on Thursday. I know a few folks have posted good things about this place but we didn't have a very good meal at all. Started out with an oyster pesto appetizer that was definitely canned oysters on cleaned out oyster shells, topped with a dab of pesto and some parmesan and popped under the broiler. Yuck. I had a lobster roll that was made from canned lobster. A healthy portion, but I didn't finish it. It just tasted "tinny". My husband had crab cakes. They were okay. A little runny for my taste, but were a good size and had a nice sauce on the side. The girls split a kid order of fish and chips and the fish was very good.
After that meal, we decided to eat in for a while. We were staying in a place that had a kitchen, so we had that luxury. Didn't eat out again until Sunday lunch, when we tried Clem and Ursi's in Provincetown.
Again, a little underwhelmed, based on the glowing reports from fellow Hounds. I tried the crab cake and it was pretty "fishy" tasting - I think it might have been leftover from Saturday night and refried. Not sure, but that's how it tasted. A little dry, too, although I'd rather have a crab cake a little dry than runny. The "remoulade" was just ketchup and mayo with some green onion blended in. My husband had the lobster and fontina panini which was very good. Fries were tasty. Their fresh lemonade was outstanding and had everybody fighting over it.
The last meal we ate out was Sunday night at Aesop's Tables in Wellfleet. We started with some awesome local littlenecks on the half shell. A little lemon was all they got and I don't think they even needed that. Incredibly tender and sweet. We then split an arugula salad and I'm glad we did - it was huge. Very lightly dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette and tossed with clementine slices and roasted pistachios, topped with parmesan shavings. Yum.
I had to have more littlenecks, so I ordered the linguine al vongole and was very pleased. It's a simple dish that can easily go wrong, but was perfect. Just enough butter and lots of garlic. I actually had the waitress bring back the bread basket so that I could mop up the sauce. My husband had a mahi mahi special that was out of this world. Crusted with sweet corn and pan seared, the fish was then topped with a lime chipotle sauce, served on beet risotto with a side of beet and carrot greens. The fish was done to perfection, and I don't say that too often.
We weren't going to have dessert, but couldn't resist the lemon tartlet. It just sounded too good. It didn't quite live up to our meal, but was tasty and not a crumb was left.
Service was very good. The waitress obviously had been a resident for a while, as she knew the exact shellfisherman that had supplied the littlenecks.
So, like I said, a hit and a couple of near misses. I'm looking forward to going back in October for OysterFest!