My Place By The Sea - Rockport MA - never before and never again
Had dinner there last night and never again. My Place is a place content to charge relatively high prices -- ~$26-$32 for main courses; $7.50 - $17 for apps -- and then coast on the menu -- nothing was particularly inventive at all. So many places that win awards don't deliver the goods, if you ask me.
I ordered a Caesar salad and an appetizer special -- the seafood tasting of the night. The waiter insisted it wouldn't be enough for dinner -- though it was fine, especially as it was so unremarkable as to make me not want to have anything else on the menu.
Caesar was ordinary, minimal flavor, lettuce a little less than crisp, no anchovy or Worcestershire flavor that I could tell. The tasting menu consisted of a small crab cake, a deep fried lobster ravioli and a crumb coated baked scallop (large enough). Crabcake tasted mostly of salt; ravioli tasted of nothing and scallop, while fine, was simply a panko coated scallop -- I've had better at half the price at Legal. To make things worse, my first plate of this came out a combo of dead cold or lukewarm, so I sent it back.
The other diners had a panko crusted cod that was nicely cooked as far as the fish itself went, but lacking flair, I thought, and a (farm raised) teriaki salmon also cooked just right but sauce was about the same as I could put together myself at home. I don't eat farm raised salmon any more and I don't think top flight restaurants should be serving it either, given the pollution issues and the dye put into it to make it look like salmon,
On the plus side, the bread basket had a tasty onion foccaccio and an ancho-chili anadama bread that were very nice.
Desserts went for between $8.00 and $12.00, Our companions ordered a coconut cake w/coconut ice cream. Fine but did not outweigh the dinner's flaws.
I ordered an inexpensive Bordeaux which our waiter, struggling to get things right but failing, knew nothing about, saying 'no one ever orders it' -- and later explaining a delay in wine service by saying 'we had to get the bottle from upstairs.' I expected a terrible bottle, but it was decent enough plonk. My wife's single glass of Marlborough Sauvingnan Blanc was tiny -- also irks me when they charge more than $8 for a glass of wine and short you on the pour.
Great view, of course, right at the end of the Rockport Wharf. I'd have rathered take out and a seat at a bench for the view.