“Best Belgian waffle ever!”
Chatting to a local in Montague, I was advised that Ye Olde Tavern is the best restaurant in Montague and is highly recommended.Although it’s nice and cosy inside, if it’s a warm evening, I suggest that you sit outside in the garden area. If you get cold, they provide blankets.They have a really comprehensive menu. However, when the waiter arrived to take our order, we were told to ignore the extensive menu and we were restricted to order from a truncated version in the cover of the menu. Quite frankly, I have never heard of such a thing before.I had the lamb shank which was delicious and, as promised, was slow cooked and fell off the bone. The plate was decorated by a delicious sauce, but that’s all it was – a decoration. What a pity. The accompaniments consisted of a small bowl of mash (quite delicious) – but no sauce – and two small ramekins containing the usual butternut and cream spinach. With so many wonderful vegetables to choose from, I cannot understand why restaurants persists in serving butternut and cream spinach. And to top it all, it was cooked to death.One of us ordered the fillet steak. He ordered medium rare and got medium despite the definitions on the menu as to the meaning of medium, medium rare, etc. The steak was sent back and, to the credit of the owner, it was replaced immediately. Again, the ubiquitous dull butternut and cream spinach accompanied the meal. The chips were soggy and not light and crisp as they should be. The saving grace was that the steak was outstanding, both in quality and flavour.One of my guests ordered the chicken curry. Although good in flavour, the portion was small and consisted for the most part of potato. The hero of a chicken curry is, of course, chicken. This dish would have been a winner if only there was more chicken and less potatoAs a dessert I ordered the Belgian waffle. Now, the service to begin with was appallingly slow despite the fact that there were two young waiters fretting around. We waited forever for our food to arrive. Sadly, we waited even longer for the dessert to arrive with the usual promises that “It’s coming now-now”. After an agonising 40 minute wait (no exaggeration), I was about to leave the restaurant when my waffle with ice cream finally made its appearance. At this point, all my reservations about the meal and poor service simply melted away. This was, without a doubt, the most delicious Belgian waffle I have ever eaten, including in Europe. Utter perfection. All they have to do is sort out the service and vegetables and offer whatever is on the menu and you have winner.
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