A couple of days ago, I wrote a review of George's of Galilee, noting how it didn't impress me, when I was so looking forward to good beach grub.
Luckily, the next weekend I had the opportunity to eat beach-side seafood again and put my faith in the chef's at the Andrea Hotel in Misquamicut Beach. I had eaten there a couple of years ago, and remember quite liking it: the drinks were strong, and the lobster rolls delicious. Not to mention the view of the water is incredible. Sitting out on that patio, one foot in the sand while you sip your drink, you might not even notice if the food you're eating is good or not. But I did notice, and here is the round up of all the food I consumed while at Misquamicut with Andy and two dear friends of ours, Katy and Chris.
We started with two appetizers, the popcorn shrimp:
And the fried calamari:
Both of these appetizers came with a ginger orange marmalade for dipping, which was not good at all. It was much too thick and sweet, and both tasted much better with a cocktail sauce that we asked for after we tasted the marmalade. I liked the calamari the best because it was spicy Rhode Island style with hot peppers, but the popcorn shrimp was also nicely lightly breaded and tasty.
For our main dishes, Katy had salmon, which I don't believe was the "lacquered salmon" on the menu, because I think this had a raspberry sauce, not a teriyaki sauce:
Katy's boyfriend, Chris had lobster:
I had the Baked Cod with sundried tomato basil crust served with rice and broccoli:
I obviously have the most to say about this dish because I ate it- and I liked it. The tomato basil crust was rich with sundried tomato paste and the "crust" part was thin and not heavy at all. The cod was perfectly cooked and paired very well with the crust. I thought the rice was unnecessary and pushed it to the side of my plate. The dish really just needed the broccoli (hiding under the fish) and it was more than enough food.
Andy had the special, which was tilapia with tomatoes and a balsamic reduction:
He didn't like this at all. He thought it was overcooked and relatively flavorless for how expensive the dish was. I will agree that I think the place is overpriced, but I have somehow come to expect that from beachfront dining, even if it claims to be casual and the outdoor patio seating consists of white plastic chairs and tables. I think, as I said in the beginning, you sacrifice some level of consistency and quality at the Andrea Hotel in order to have a good view and the ocean breeze.