My partner and I ate at the Seaside Restaurant in Trout River for dinner recently. Even though it was a Friday night it was very quiet with few customers. Upon arrival we were promptly seated upstairs at a window table with a wonderful view. Iced water was provided without asking which is not as common these days as one would think or hope for. I’m amazed at how often I have to ask for water in a restaurant.
There were a number of items that were on the menu that were not available that evening but they did have some items added on that aren’t normally on the menu. We both ended up ordering the same meal, the cod dinner (CDN $20). The fresh, hot dinner rolls that were provided prior to our meal were absolutely wonderful and I could have easily eaten a few more. The dinner rolls were the BEST part of the meal.
The cod was very good and nicely cooked (pan-fried). My french fries were OK but nothing special and my partner’s baked potato was as expected. The vegetables that came with the meal were just OK. We both felt that the carrots were overcooked (not unusual in Newfoundland) and the quantity of broccoli was very limited.
I had a piece of pie for dessert and while it was “homemade” it wasn’t anything special, in fact a bit disappointing due to the crust. The pie crust in Newfoundland is often very different from what I am used to (being a mainlander). It is like a shortbread or biscuit-style crust versus what I consider to be a traditional pie crust. The filling, while tasty, was jam-like, lacking any real variation in consistency. I am used to strawberry rhubarb having chunks of rhubarb and strawberries.
Beer was cold, wine was ok, and both were priced relatively reasonably but slightly high for what I’ve experienced in Newfoundland. Service was attentive and pleasant.
Some previous reviewers have mentioned entertainment. While we did see a stage area with a few instruments there was no entertainment around 6 p.m. on a Friday evening. Considering Friday should be one of the busiest days in a restaurant I'm somewhat surprised that the entertainer wasn't there. Perhaps we were too early. Honestly we weren't there for music anyway so it didn't affect our experience.
Dinner for two including two glasses of wine, one beer, and one dessert with approximately 15% gratuity was just under $80.00 CDN.
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