Riverview, New Brunswick
August 30, 2004
At first glance, the restaurant has a pleasant ambiance with pine board interior and exposed beams in the older section. It is a comfortable room with large windows providing views of the water on one side and cottages on the other. Other features include tastefully set tables and excellent service… everything bodes well for a pleasant meal.
The restaurant opens at 4:00 in the afternoon… we arrive at 5:30 with my son noting that the Spanish would have no idea of why we do this. Maritimers often go to dinner relatively early… not because prices are better, but in an effort to beat the 6:00 rush. On the other hand, if one were to arrive later, the beautiful views would be lost in the darkness.
The menu offers a wide range of seafood dishes with enough salad, soup and meat offerings to make anyone look forward to the meal ahead. Appetizers include scallops, escargots, shrimp or lobster cocktail and steamed clams or mussels. The prices range from $6.95 to $8.95. The selection of soups includes seafood or clam chowder, lobster stew, French onion soup and a soup of the day for $4.25 to $9.95.
Continuing through the menu, there are offerings of boiled lobster, a seafood platter at $27.95, seafood casserole, fried shrimp, scallops, or clams, baked stuffed shrimp, garlic or butterfly shrimp and a complete selection of broiled seafood including salmon, scallops and sole. Prices for entrees range from $17.95 up to about $22.95. For those who are adverse to seafood, there are steaks as well as chicken, spaghetti and hamburgers… prices ranging from $8.95 to $27.95. It really is an impressive selection. Add to that a wide selection of offerings from the bar and the dessert tray and no one should leave the restaurant unhappy.
Our own experience was excellent. Most of us chose the combo plate… fried clams, shrimps and scallops and on the one-to-ten scale, it was a ten. The restaurant uses great seafood with a delicate batter; I don’t think that we have had better. My daughter had the broiled salmon, served with a white sauce… it was a large filet, done to perfection and it disappeared completely at the hands of an extremely picky eater. One of us had a seafood allergy and chose the chicken Caesar; again, no complaints, but in this restaurant, it would almost be a crime to avoid the seafood.
In a place where seafood is king, the Paturel Shore House excels… try it.
From journal Cruising the Roads of Southeastern New Brunswick