First off, we enjoyed meeting Devon - great guy, very friendly and attentive to his guests. And we thought his restaurant was a step above much of what Ptown has to offer. That said, I will admit that my appetite was nearly spoiled by the faded, grossly out-dated, (highly over rated - even in their heyday) Nagel prints that greeted us. Then our eyes found the incredibly well-done - just the right kind of kitsch - "boat bar". From there we scratched our heads at what seemed to be the scene of a drag queen that had exploded on the walls and ceiling - zebra print ceiling panels, glitter silver panels near the ceiling, surrounding the entire room - all on a sea of lavender with acrylic accents and overly glittery lighting choices. Why does it matter? It's just not a gracious, settling dining ambience - for us. It almost verges on classy in some of its choices, but then goes terribly wrong.
The food was good, but not great - particularly at this price point. It's a good menu - interesting and not too big. Cocktails were okay - sounded better than they tasted, but not bad. Then came the pork Shumai, which was good, but not great. It seemed to suffer the fate of other menu items - we were all set to order the pork chop and the soft shell crab special when both arrived at the table next to us before we placed our order - they were enormous. I mean Cheesecake Factory-sized! We quickly reconsidered and ordered one entree, another appetizer and split them. The Shumai seemed to be made with good ingredients, but were so over-stuffed with pork that the flavor balance was off and the fat content was extreme - we didn't taste anything but a big lump of pork floating in grease. The rest of the meal was good - not great, just good. Again, at this price point and given the quality of the ingredients they seem to stock, get the portions in check and focus the menu and the food more sharply and Devon's will be a great destination - we'll even forgive the "Divine's Boathouse" decor. In fact, we would have ordered more food/spent more money if the portions were right.
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