I recall my review! Starboard Galley-Newburyport
- Science Chick Aug 28, 2007 11:52 AM
Wow, did I miss the boat here.....
After a great day at Plum Island on Saturday, we headed into Newburyport and hit the Starboard Galley. I've had a couple of decent fish dinners here before, and posted as such. Saturday's experience was poor enough to prompt my recall of those reviews.
Clam chowder - over thickened.....where are the clams? No nuances, flat flavor.
Caesar salads - serviceable.
Onion soup (my daughter's choice) - wow, this was horrible! She couldn't even eat it.....
Fried haddock dinner - ok, I thought at least this would be good. Yikes, what a disaster! The fish was fresh, but was literally *wet* inside the fry coat! How could this happen? Also, very tough, overcooked tasting. Baked potato and cole slaw were the highlights of the meal. I love the horseradish they add to the slaw dressing.
Well, we won't be back.........
I always thought of the place as a cheap watering hole that served food for the regulars and the hapless tourist that couldn't get into Michaels.
The bar is quaint, but the food is terrible. The fried food is very greasy, and tastless. The fish inside the breading is "mushy", and appears to have been frozen for a long time. Worst, however, is the steamers. They had to be live and fresh, but were tastless. The broth was just hot water with no salt or seasoning. My wife speculated that, if the steamers were boiled or steamed in water, the water should have some flavor. The chef probably saved the good broth to use in their homemade chowder, and simply served hot water with the steamers. As a result neither the steamers nor the broth had any seafood flavor. Generally almost all of the food was terrible, not worth the price. Only the chowder and beer were worth the trip.
Yes, I would love to see Robert Irvine in there giving those folks a piece of his mind about the food quality. Almost afraid to see behind the scenes there and see what's lurking within......but it doesn't seem as though they are about to lose their shirts. I think the bar there does very well and probably keeps the place afloat.