Address: 5315 Hwy 3, Chester Basin, NS B0J 1K0, Canada
- Website: http://www.theseasideshanty.com/
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Date / Time Visited: Afternoon of 30 June 2014
Meals served: Lunch and Supper
Here are some of our thoughts (please listen to the podcast for a complete description):
Ambiance / description of place / music / WIFI
Chris – A rustic looking interior, but very clean. The colours remind me of fishing villages with the bright coloured houses. What helps sell this location is the beautiful view of Chester Basin. Makes me feel a little homesick right now!
Margaret –Rustic looking with brightly painted walls. Local artists artwork on the walls which is nice to see businesses supporting each other.
Greeting / reception
Chris – Friendly and prompt
Margaret – Very pleasant and we were seated in the sunroom area of the restaurant so we had a lovely view.
Chris – At first I thought that it was a little expensive, but that’s before I actually had the food. There’s definitely value for money here.
Margaret – A little more expensive than I would have expected in this area but the food was certainly worth it.
Chris – For me, this was a happy place with lots of options. If you’re not into seafood, you can still eat here, but you would have more choices elsewhere.
Margaret – Since it is a restaurant specializing in seafood, of course, the menu reflected that. There were a few things for the non-seafood lover on the menu and I was quite delighted with my choices.
Smell / look / taste of Tomato Basil Soup and Maple Walnut Greens
Margaret – I had the soup of the day, tomato basil. I also had a side salad that had greens, maple walnuts, cherry tomatoes (for Chris) tossed in a honey shallot vinaigrette. Quite delicious as was the biscuit. It was light and flaky and very tasty.
Smell / look / taste of Seafood Chowder
Chris – It was not a tough call to make at all, even though the other choices looked quite tasty. Quite simply, this was the best seafood chowder that I had ever tasted! All of the flavours were rich without being overpowering. The chunks of lobster were huge! The chowder also came with the same biscuit that Margaret had.
Smell / look / taste of Pan-Seared Haddock
Chris – A lot of places fry their haddock (ala fish & chips); I’m glad that this one was pan-seared. Perfectly seared, and the lemon dill butter (and slice of lemon) really helped the flavours “pop.” My salad was the same as Margaret’s, plus I got extra tomatoes!
Smell / look / taste of Ice Cream
Chris – Didn’t need it, but what a great way to cap off the meal on a gorgeous summer day. Simple vanilla flavor.
Why we chose menu items
Chris – It’s rare for me to get seafood at home, so this was a wonderful treat! I’ve always enjoyed Fridays on board ships – there’s normally seafood options. I also love lobster. When I saw the appetizer menu, my choice was evident! For the main course, it was a bit harder, but I wanted something more simple to offset the richness of the chowder. Our server made a great recommendation with the haddock.
Margaret – Since I am not a seafood lover (I know, I know, I need to turn in my Maritimer card), I chose some of the few things that weren’t seafood.
Service / wait staff knowledge
Margaret – The hostess was very friendly and quite helpful with Chris when he was making his choices.
Overall dining experience
Chris – A tasty meal in a nice setting.
Margaret – Very pleasant and delicious food
Would we go again
Chris – Absolutely. Even though I like trying new things, I would definitely have the chowder again!
Margaret – Yes, I will. Next time I am in the neighbourhood, I will drop in.
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