Riverview, New Brunswick
August 20, 2004
Oddly, although I have been here a number of times, I’ve never paid much attention to the décor, probably due to the views. The atmosphere and the service are extremely pleasant and a quick look through the seafood-dedicated menu will probably tell you that this looks like the place to be.
The menu features a number of starters including seafood chowder or gumbo, scallops, mussels and a variety of salads. Moving on into entrees, there are scallops, lobster, fish and chips, seafood casseroles and platters, sole, halibut, shrimp and clams. The prices range from $15.95 up to $22.95, the latter being the average price for a seafood combination plate here in the Maritimes.
For those who are not inclined to wade into the seafood, there are a variety of other dishes… chicken, steak and pasta ranging from $12.95 to $22.95 as well as a more mundane selection of burgers, lobster rolls etc. ranging from $7.95 up to about $11.50… so there is something for every taste. The restaurant is also licensed with a small collection of wines and a more complete offering of cocktails, beer and coolers.
I tried a cup of seafood chowder at $5.95 (also available in a full serving at $7.95) and the fried clam dinner plate. (If you read my other Maritime journals, you aren’t surprised.) The chowder was really very good; I liked it a lot. The clams, however, weren’t that good and I wouldn’t order them here again… it really is all about the batter. In this case the batter won and the clams lost. Even the attractive garnish of pickled veggies on the side didn’t make up for it. My wife ordered the daily special… crab cakes. They were served on a bed of spinach leaves garnished with mandarin oranges and carrot strings… nice presentation and she quite enjoyed them.
Would we revisit? Probably, on a foggy day with the wind blowing the seagulls out of the sky, but you know, for that kind of money, you could go down to Collins Lobster (my first choice) or to Butland’s Seafood next door, buy yourself a big Fundy lobster for $15.00 to $20.00, pick up a cheap bottle of vin blanc at the liquor store and go up into the park for a serious feast. (Don’t forget to bring the tools associated with wine and lobster.) Think about the options, but remember, in this little town, it’s all about seafood.
From journal Cruising the Roads of Southeastern New Brunswick