I don’t go out to eat on a regular basis, but when I do, I want to be impressed. So, I thought that I would share my experiences with whomever is reading.
Here is my first attempt…
The Pointe Fish & Grill
970 Marina Drive
Boyne City, Michigan
July 11, 2021
This restaurant is located at the Somerset Pointe Yacht Club & Marina. We have passed this place several times a week for years and decided that we would check it out. It is located on Lake Charlevoix with a relaxed atmosphere.
Rick made a reservation for 6pm on Sunday evening. When we arrived we were asked if we had a reservation, replied yes and were told that since there were so many reservations already, we couldn’t eat outside. At that time, there were only two occupied tables outside and none inside. We were placed at a table with a view of the patio & marina.
Our server, Oana, who was very nice and attentive, took our drink and meal orders within a few minutes of being seated. There were a couple of things that we noticed while waiting for our food. One was that everyone after us was asked if they would like to sit inside or outside. The second thing was that they also all received bread immediately after being seated. We waited for 15 minutes before asking for bread, which was delivered without bread plates. We waited 30 minutes for our food to arrive, and both the appetizer & main course came at that same time. While this wouldn’t have caused an issue if we had ordered salads, the main meals were not hot by the time we finished our appetizers.
I would like to mention, that while this is described as a casual-elegant place, there were two female waitstaff that were dressed inappropriately for employees. One had on cut-off shorts that were so short you could see her butt. The other had on a pair of leggings so tight, that there was nothing left to the imagination. She also had her shirt tucked in the front. While this may be ok for the gym, it is not acceptable for workplace attire.
On to the actual meals themselves…
I ordered the Ricotta Gnocchi, with Shitake Mushrooms and Edamame in a cream sauce topped with shaved Parmesan. While the presentation was nice, the gnocchi was doughy & the flavor was a bit bland.
Rick ordered the Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Bacon Jam and Fennel Relish. Again, the presentation was nice, but he said that they tasted like they had been frozen (I wouldn’t know, I don’t eat scallops). The Bacon Jam and Fennel Relish were good (I did try that).
Onto the Main meals…
Rick ordered the Baby Back Ribs with Hoisin Barbeque Sauce, Crushed Peanuts & Chives with a side of French Fries. The sauce was a little sweet, but for the most part, Hoisin is that way. The Peanuts added a nice crunch and the Ribs were tender and had a good flavor. He was a little disappointed that the fries were served on a separate plate, but I thought the sauce from the ribs would have made them soggy.
I ordered the Wagyu Tenderloin with Chimichurri on Shitake Mushroom Risotto; beautiful presentation. The steak was very tender & flavorful, but I don’t think I would spend that much money on a steak again. The risotto had a good texture, but was not very flavorful.
Usually, we don’t order dessert when we go out, but we saw the Deep Fried Brownie & couldn’t resist. This was so good & just the perfect amount for two. There were four deep fried browning bites served with Vanilla Ice Cream and Blueberries. What can I say, but YUM!!!!
The view was pretty, and the service was excellent, as all the staff were on their toes. I wish I had gotten the name of the person I believe was the dining room manager. He was showing guests to their tables, pouring water, clearing tables, etc. Poor guy had to keep filing my water glass every 5 minutes. J Anyone who knows me, knows I am a water-a-holic. I finally asked him just to leave the carafe, so he wouldn’t have to keep coming to our table every five minutes.
Overall, the food was good, not WOW! I would give it a 3-star rating, out of 5. Not sure we will return.
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