When one door closes, another will open…which could be said for restaurant also. When one restaurant closes, sometimes another, brand-new restaurant opens up. And we just hope it is a good one, or better than the previous one. Here, on Water Street in Cape Cod, we found just the spot. This place used to be another restaurant, more on the casual side with comfort food. Now, it is more high end and upscale, and comes with high ratings.
We visited this place before it became 41-70, we were excited to see what they have become… The first thing I saw when we walked in was this colorful painting with word “One” on it. I thought it was pretty cool, nice message of unity and peace. It is always interesting to see what kind of artwork the owner/manager have chosen to put up at their restaurant.
The inside is a good size, with lots of table seating, but the best place to eat at this spot is not indoor. Unless if it is way too hot or cold, or if it is raining or snowing, then the indoor would definitely be the better choice.
They have a good size patio right outside the indoor dining area, right on the water next to a harbor. It is set up like a picnic tables, and comes with great view of the harbor. It is right next to a main street, so there will be “some” traffic noise, but it was not that much, not too distracting to me.
The fun thing about sitting here is that you get to see some boat passing by every once in a while. It is interesting to see how the bridge is raised so that the boat can get through.
While we were relaxing by (or more like “on”) the water, the waitress brought a nice big bottle of water with mason jars as drinking glass. If you are creative, regular boring tap water can be transformed into something so pretty!
We also ordered one specialty cocktails. They had very interesting names, like “I remember my first drink” and “Zombomb.” We ordered a one that was called “I’m not bitter, I just don’t like you” ($12). Too funny! It is made with death’s door gin, lillet, and amaro. It was very pretty, but dry, a bit bitter, and very herbal flavor. It is basically made with gin with botanical mix, French wine, and herbal liqueur. I think the flavor of the herbal liqueur was way too strong and overwhelming…
Moving on to the food. We started with Coconut Lime Lobster Bisque ($6/cup). The “cup” was really a small bowl, and even thought it didn’t have a very appetizing color, but it was very flavorful. It had some small chunks of lobster meats in it, and the bisque was nice and creamy. The hint of lime was very refreshing, and I liked the toasted coconut shavings on the top, it added great flavor.
For the main, we ordered Peach Glazed Salmon ($28), Cioppino ($35), Ritz Crusted Local Cod ($26), and the special menu of the day, 8oz Wagyu Beef Burger with Lobster. The Peach Glazed Salmon comes with Grilled Peaches, Goats Cheese Risotto, Grilled Asparagus, and it was plated beautifully. I love the plates they use, very earthy and frames the food on the plate really perfectly. The salmon was cooked just right, and it had sweet tangy-ness to it from peach glaze. I liked how it came with real peach slices! The risotto was very flavorful, fluffy, cheesy yet light. The portion was nice, not too large, not too small.
Cioppino comes with Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Swordfish, Salmon, in Tomato Broth. Look at this beauty, it is like an ocean party in a bowl. It had generous amount of seafood and shellfish, and the tomato broth had deep, rich flavor that complimented the ingredients, and had just a small amount of kick to it, so that it is not too spicy. Very comforting, luxurious, a perfect dish to have at waterfront dining!
Ritz Crusted Local Cod is Baked in White Wine, and comes with Goat Cheese Risotto, Grilled Asparagus, Buerre Blanc. This was very light, and was a bit smaller portion than others. The fish was moist and flaky, and great flavor from the Ritz, but very small portion. I wish it there was a bit more of it… Asparagus were cooked perfectly, not too hard, not too soggy. The risotto was again really tasty. The sauce had a nice wine flavor, without being overwhelming.
The item we chose was their special menu of the day, 8 oz Wagyu Beef Burger with 5 oz Mango Butter Poached Lobster Tail. It comes with greens, tomato, lemongrass, caper aioli on brioche buns, It also comes with parmesan truffle fries. And this was a monster of a burger!!! I certainly needed the knife to hold it all together.
The truffle fries were a delight, addictive, and super delicious. It was fluffy and potato-y, and loved the parmesan truffle flavor! The burger was more than a person’s mouth can handle, it was humongous! It had a big juicy patty, packed with flavor and an equally huge lobster meat!!! I don’t remember the exact price, but it was somewhere closed to $40. I can see why it cost so much after seeing this monster of a burger. The lobster was buttery and juicy. It was one heck of a burger!
It was a nice dinner, with nice view of the water, enjoyed our meal very much. The service was friendly and warm. I am glad to see the new restaurant that took over this spot is offering yummy dishes. The price point is a bit high, but you do get delicious food, and if you sit outside, you get a brilliant view as well. I would like to visit again and try some other tasty dishes.
The 41-70 – 71 Water St, Woods Hole, MA 02543