Now on to the most important part, the beer. I generally am not a big beer drinker but on hot days such as this, ain't nuthin' like a cold brew. The Hart & Thistle actually houses a small brewery so we were excited to try their specialty but surprised they only offer one. Today's was a double IPA. Being huge IPA fans, we were stoked. Hoppy and yummy and cold and exactly what we were looking for.
For our starter, we ordered the sweet curry battered scallops only to find out they hadn't gotten their scallop delivery. No biggy because they had calamari, one of our go-tos. Served on a cool black slate with sweet chili mayo and tomato jam, the calamari was crispy and tender yet not as flavorful as expected, almost like a frozen product. It was also apparently panko crusted but considering the appearance and texture of that crust, it must have been more of a panko flour. The best part, that sweet tomato jam.
For a main, Brent ordered the Thistle's Bigger Burger with a grilled Italian sausage, peppered havarti and the usual fixins. But wires got crossed somewhere and he was served the Hart burger with aged cheddar and smoked bacon. So, the server brought the sausage almost instantly (hmm, precooked perhaps) and voila, a fusion burger. I don't know about you but Brent and I like condiments on our burgers or at least on the side. But for Brent, who didn't want to call the server over again, settled for old reliable, ketchup. Unfortunately, Brent's burger was overcooked, dry, and almost burnt. Very disappointing. And, I wish I could say the place was busy but with maybe three other tables, it sadly was not.
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The Hart & Thistle is certainly a cool spot with great wooden details and a fab location on the waterfront but it misses the mark on the food front. Reading the menu, I expected more than your typical pub fare but was given just that. Ah well, at least we tried. Despite the burger mix up, the service was pleasant and that double IPA almost made up for the food. Well not really, but it sure was refreshing.