January 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Yelp rating: ONE STAR
I’m not sure why this place has a queue a mile long, apart from maybe the absolutely lovely view.
Granted, this place has excellent clam chowder and good lobster bisque; unfortunately, the buck stops there. I’ve had THE most bland main courses here, made with barely mediocre seafood… and it’s on the damned Cape, for god’s sake! If Boston and Cambridge can serve better food in terms of freshness, a psuedo-fancy more-expensive-that-it’s-worth ‘landing’ in Harwich can at least aim for better raw material.
Speaking of more-expensive-than-it’s-worth, this place ran up a bill of $70 for a cup of clam chowder, a bowl of lobster bisque, one baked fish served with french fries of EXACTLY the same texture and taste as McDonald’s fries (in fact, the party of six at the next table observed precisely this loudly right after I whispered it to my friend), and one fish n’ chips, all fish dishes made with cod. I thought only thrift store versions of seafood places made fish n’ chips with cod, but anyway.
This exact meal costs us less than $35 in the Harvard/Central/Inman area, and to take just a random example, S&S serves haddock instead of insipid slabs of cod in both dishes, with exponentially better french fries, the option of mashed or baked potatoes if we want it, AND a large bowl of salad. Brax doesn’t offer mashed potatoes, by the way. Not at all. What sort of a stupid place does not offer mashed potatoes, something a five year old can make?
To sum up my experience at Brax: disappointment, annoyance, and a much deeper hollow in my pocket than a meal twice as good as this wouldn’t deserve. Disgusting profiteering.
P.S: A note to fellow-yelpers. My friend picked this place because of “great Yelp reviews”. After I returned home, I logged into Yelp to check these reviews, and saw that most five or four star reviews had things like this to say: “food was decent enough”, “server was nice and attentive”, “wonderful view”. And so on.
Certainly it was my friend’s fault for not reading these empty, vapid reviews and go by just their ratings, but please try not to adorn a restaurant with four stars because a young, easy-on-the-eye server smiled at you. And especially reconsider your rating if a $18.99 seafood main course at a seaside place called a ‘landing’ was only “decent enough”. Jesus, people, don’t you have to work for your money?