This new restaurant owned by Michael Guftason, opened in December and is located just opposite the HyLine Dock in Hyannis on Ocean Street. The space formerly hosted the Thirsty Tuna Seafood Restaurant.
The property has been tastefully refurbished with a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere with a contemporary maritime theme. The soft white walls display nautical photographs and silver plated fish. Seating is either at a very beautiful long bar area with a fireplace at the end or in the cozy dining room with blue tablecloths and napkins where we were seated. Alfresco dining will start when the weather cooperates.
The creative menu was designed by the award winning executive Chef, James Digs, a Culinary Institute of America graduate. It offers local, healthy and fresh New England dishes with a Mediterranean twist served Tapas Style.
The great wine list with selections from California, Italy, France and Spain offers fine wines by the glass or bottle.
I started with one of many hand crafted cocktails called Lime "Bubbletine" . This very impressive and tasty martini was served bubbling over with cold steam rising from the glass. Very refreshing and a must. I don't remember seeing these anywhere on the Cape.
To start you can choose either cold or hot appetizers listed under "Lighter Beginnings" including Cajun gumbo, goat cheese bruschetta Andalucia, seafood chowder and a large selection from the raw bar.
My husband chose the Tzatziki ($9). A traditional Greek yogurt-based sauce combined with cucumber, dill and garlic served with pita bread. The crispness from the chunks of cucumber balanced the hints of garlic. Every bite was packed with flavor, and he said the taste lingered in his mouth.
I ordered the Seafood chowder ($6) cup or ($9) a bowl. There are many ways to prepare the abundance of fresh seafood available on the Cape, and fish chowder is a hearty favorite. This was a delicious, cream based chowder using the freshest local seafood to give this chowder a hearty, homemade flavor with a twist of spices.
Next we ordered three tapas to share.
We tried the lamb meatballs "Casablanca" ($14). These traditional Middle Eastern meatballs, where ground lamb is mixed with herbs and spices, were served in a refreshing zesty coconut mint sauce with a yogurt dipping sauce. A reminder of our last trip to Greece.
The second was Chicken Souvlaki ($15). The four grilled skewers of tender marinated Greek styled chicken charred on the grill was served with pita bread which we used to scoop up the side of Tsatziki .This traditional Greek dish was extra-flavorful.
The third tapa Lamb Lollipops ($17) Grilled Lamb Chops with a balsamic glaze and served on a bed of baby arugula Lamb lollipops are especially fun because they come equipped with their very own stick built in and easy to pick up. These gems were succulent, and grilled to perfection with so much flavor. The arugula leaves were tender with a tangy flavor of the balsamic glaze. My favorite
For an entree we decided to split the Pignolia (pine nut) encrusted boneless breast of duck ($27). It was served with jasmine rice, dried cherry/green peppercorn gastrique and a medley of seasonal local vegetables. The flavorable duck was cooked to perfection and the sauce was an excellent match to the duck. Not at all overpowering.
The desserts and cappuccino we chose were equally extraordinary. My husband had the pear pistachio that consisted of a ripe, but firm, pear peeking out from the crust sitting in the middle of a tart surrounded by chopped pistachios with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and drizzles of caramel. The top was sprinkled with whole pistachio nuts.
My selection was the rustic mixed mixed berry tart. The pastry was tasty and had a good texture and the warm mixed berry filling melted in my mouth. Yum
Both the preparation and presentation were spot on. Delicious food, fabulous drinks, and our top notch server Amity made this an overall great evening and will definitely have us returning to try their Sunday brunch.
Drinks, Brunch, Dinner & Catering
Dinner Mon-Thurs 4:30–11pm
Sunday Brunch 10am–4pm
Harborview Restaurant & Bar
235 Ocean Street, Hyannis