Capt. Daniel Stone Inn, Brunswick, ME
Can delicious food be had on a Wednesday night in a restaurant where I, at 62, was one of the youngest customers and several women had what looked like blue rinse in their hair? Yes! 10 Water Street, the restaurant in the Captain Daniel Stone Inn, is the answer to those who have remarked that mid-week restaurants can have off nights.
When we arrived at six there were only three or four other tables with diners and I was worried that my wife's birthday dinner would be mediocre. Not so. My martini was well prepared and ample and our glasses of wine much larger than one usually gets and only $8 each. My wife had spinach and artichoke fondue with yummy focaccio. I had deliciously cooked giant scallops an top of carrot crostini (deep fried shredded carrots and potatoe?) Mains were lobster hash and scallops with mushroom risotto. Desert was simple but also delicious chocolate mousse.
This is not an inexpensive restaurant, probably one for special occasions for us but we will be back.
We ate at No. 10 Water on Saturday night (http://www.captaindanielstone.com/din...). We had the portabella mushroom "fries" for an appetizer. They were delicious - thick slices of mushroom in a very crispy, herbed tempura batter. Served piping hot. Only complaint was the herbed truffle aioli was a thicker dipping "sauce" than I would have liked - something thinner like a herbed buttermilk dressing might be better. Husband had the seafood chowder - good but super thick and quite salty.
Entrees were the lobster hash for DH, short ribs for my 10 year old and the lobster and crab mac and cheese for me. DH said the hash was good, but not as good as he wanted it to be - it seemed to be a bit dry. Short ribs got a 10 3/4 from my son (I had a tasted and they were out of this world) and the mac & cheese was quite good - penne pasta with a rich cheese sauce, lobster & crab and baked cheese topping. It was a huge portion and I only ate about 1/3 of it. We both ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. I also had a garden salad on the side - huge salad for $5, mixed lettuces, oddly diced carrots, shaved parmesan with a sherry vinaigrette. I saw some other salads come out and they looked to be large as well -so consider splitting with a dinner companion.
We had a lemon raspberry cheesecake served with fresh whipped cream and berries and the banana cream tart with "bruleed" bananas and a caramel sauce. Both were outstanding, not overly sweet.
Overall a great meal. Service was friendly, but a bit slow at times. Atmosphere is lovely with dark blue walls, fireplace, candles. Restrooms are downright elegant with real individual hand towels rolled up for drying your hands (this impressed my 10 year old). They have a great bar area with yummy sounding bar menu items. Drinks were expensive ($9 for a Bombay Sapphire & Tonic) but at least they were generously sized.
One suggestion to Chef Mains - ease up on the salt shaker!
No 10 Water
10 Water St, Brunswick, ME 04011