A couple years ago I wrote a post about Blue Point. In short, I discussed my fascination for this widely popular Warehouse restaurant. Specifically, trying to figure out what it was that people raved about. I’ve been there numerous times through the years and not once ever left impressed by the food. In fact, I referred to Blue Point as a glorified Red Lobster, which caused quite a stir.
I found myself there again this past weekend to celebrate my one brother’s 40th birthday (his choice). Like I’ve shared before, I have a lot of siblings and they are genuine fans and regularly suggest BP. I was looking forward to the evening – even the dinner. It’s been about two years since my last visit so I decided to go in with an open-mind.
We spent the first 30 minutes perusing the wine list – the very bulky and lengthy wine list. Now, I get that this may impress people, but I’m not one of them. I’d rather have a limited list with really good choices. I love my wine, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time studying and wondering if I made the right decision. It also doesn’t help when the server isn’t too familiar with the list and can’t confidently make a recommendation. In the end, we decided on Hess petite, which I think we enjoyed because it led to 6 more bottles.
For my appetizer, I chose the ahi tuna tartare over avocado mouse. As for dinner, nothing was really jumping out. I ended up picking the scallops and shrimp with garlic butter, vegetables and an upgrade to lobster mashed potatoes.
Let’s start with the positive – I loved this appetizer. In fact, it was so good, that it made me excited for dinner. And to continue with the high notes, let me jump ahead to dessert. I passed on my own and instead opted to graze on Jamie’s flourless chocolate torte, which was ridiculously good. So there you have it – if I would have come in for a glass of wine, this appetizer and this dessert, I would have left happy and reconsidered my previous comments. Actually, considering that was the highest dinner bill this group has had yet, part of me wishes that’s exactly what we did! But that’s not the case. I had dinner. We all had dinner.
From the second my plate was handed to me, I knew I wasn’t going to like it. The shrimp appeared to have sat under the lamp one too many hours. And as for the overall presentation, it looked like someone walked through a buffet line at a wedding and just threw some stuff on a plate.
As for the taste, it wasn’t much better. The scallops were so overly salted I left all but one bite on the plate. As for the garlic butter, there was no garlic, just butter – lots and lots of butter. And even more was hiding in the lobster mashed potatoes. Even the vegetables were still slightly raw.
Unfortunately, there was nothing good about this dish and left me wondering once again, what is it exactly that people like about this place so much (my sister agreed, who had the same dish, and Jamie’s steak wasn’t much better). In general, I think their food is over priced. But with that being said, I don’t mind paying a higher price for something when I know I’m getting wonderful and knowledgeable service, the food is knock-your-socks-off good and the atmosphere is enjoyable. I just don’t get that from Blue Point, and they have had plenty of opportunities to win me over through the years. So as much as I love my family, I think I’ll have to pass the next time the group heads to Blue Point. I’d rather spend my money elsewhere.
But food aside, the evening itself at the restaurant was very memorable. In fact, the whole night was great. It was a 40th birthday that I know my brother would like to think he’ll always remember, but unfortunately, he already can’t recall half of the evening.