Fish Type: Cod (AYCE) Price: $15.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Fair
Comment: Sometimes shoddy service can put a real damper on a Fish Fry, and other times it can flat out ruin it. It’s always a bit of a crap-shoot, and you never know what you’re gonna get, especially when your waitress is a little long in the tooth. When we showed up at Seven Seas we weren’t sure what we were gonna get, but based on the recommendation of some friends, expected the absolute best. What we got was good, but thanks to our waitress (whose name escapes me, but I know rhymed with a part of the female anatomy), was not as superb as it could have been.
To begin, there is a lot to like about Seven Seas. The place is really swanky, the staff seems very friendly, and they have top-notch views. We had no trouble getting a table, but then again the place wasn’t necessarily packed (which was somewhat surprising based on their reputation). Eventually our waitress (Mulva?) arrived, took our orders, set us up with a fresh round of drinks, and began to slowly bring wave after wave of food. It started with a basket of salted rye slices, followed by family-style bowls of sweet vinegar coleslaw, and delicious homemade potato salad. We feasted on these treats, but were conscious not to fill up too much since the $15 cod is all you can eat. Abstaining proved to be a difficult task as we were left with the enticing entities for an extended period of time, due to our waitress’s general lethargy.
Something like 20-30 minutes passed before she (Celeste?) brought the first family-style plate which was relatively small, consisting of a mere two potato pancakes for the four people that ordered them. It was a little bizarre, but the cakes were supplemented by a decent amount of fries and about 8 fat chunks of fish, so we rolled with it. The portions were kind of odd, but we tore into what we got with reckless abandon trying to make sure everyone got a taste of what they wanted.
Unfortunately, we were not greeted by steam and it was apparent that the cod sat for a bit before we got it. Regardless, the fish was high quality, and flaked apart perfectly. It hosted a light, crumbly breading which was really well done. When she (Gipple?) came back, we ordered another round of fish, and six more potato pancakes per her suggestion (seriously, on the first round we get two, and she suggests six on the re-up… again, we were lost on the whole portion methodology). The fish and ‘cakes were much hotter on round two and made up somewhat for the lackluster first effort... always leave ‘em smiling, I guess.
Like the fish, the potato pancakes were not hot enough on the first go-round, and could have used a little crisping-up. Even so, they tasted excellent, as did the well-seasoned fries which were expertly fried. Between the ‘cakes, the potato salad, and the fries, there are some seriously super spuds at Seven Seas and we’re glad we got to sample them all.
The tartar came in a big soup cup and when we drained the first she (Bovary?) gladly brought us a refill, even though the turn-around took a bit which caused us to take a few un-sauced bites. The sauce was thick and creamy, and mercifully took some of the focus off the lukewarm first-round fish, but really enhanced the hotter second round.
It took a while for us to finally make the drive to Seven Seas, but in the end it was definitely worth it. Perhaps the slower than average service was just a little poetic justice for our own tardiness? Overall, we still highly recommend this Fish Fry despite the fact the food suffered somewhat from its slow delivery. It’s too bad, because despite her speed our waitress was really nice and very helpful… if only we could remember her name… oh wait… Dolores!
1807 Nagawicka Road
Hartland, WI 53029