Okay. So maybe the choice in name is not the best idea. But you have to admit, if you are told to meet at The Nimrod, you don’t forget the name of the place. For my family’s post-holiday grown-up only dinner celebration, we pick a different restaurant each January to gather as a group. Sometimes it is a fancy steakhouse and other times it could be an intimate Italian spot. This year, it was seafood in Falmouth on Cape Cod. This place called The Nimrod. An historic home named after the British ship that bombed the building and Falmouth in general during the War of 1812. I’m still confused by why you would name the place after the bad guys, especially when that name has a secondary meaning about being dim-witted, but one thing is certain – you can’t make a foolish choice when ordering from their menu.
Although I generally skip the appetizers so as not to fill up before the main course, I selected the tomato and mozzarella salad for kicks, figuring it would be light and a healthier option. Their version was absolutely delicious. It was a nice surprise to have the tomatoes and cheese mixed in with a bed of greens rather than sitting as a lonely pair on a plate as is often the case. The balsamic drizzled on top was especially tasty. My husband had the clam chowder as he does everywhere he goes. He gave this one two exuberant thumbs-up in between bites. Not too thick, not too thin. Just right.
As for the main course, I went with the Scampi served with Jumbo Shrimp. Although I was bummed that the tails were left on, there wasn’t anything to complain about otherwise. The angel hair pasta was cooked perfectly, the grape tomatoes were juicy and the shrimp were mammoth, tender and picked up the flavor of the lemon and wine beautifully. The portion was large enough for two people to split and leave completely full. It didn’t appear that I had even made a dent in my meal although I worked at it for a good half-hour. This meant a few lunches and dinners back home thanks to the leftovers I took with me.
Others in our party had everything from scallops to sirloin, lamb to filet mignon. Everyone loved the dish they ordered. The seafood items were fresh and flavorful. The beef was cooked to perfection. All that was left to sample were the orders of Decadent Fallen Chocolate Cake that we had requested upon ordering our meals. The baked goods are under the guidance of co-owner Gwyn Murray and let me just bow down to her efforts. That cake was beyond decadent, whatever that adjective might be. Rich, moist and melt-in-your mouth so good you wish you could make it stop and savor it forever. Ahhhh.
We capped off our experience at Nimrod’s by settling in to the bar near one of the huge, warm, original brick fireplaces to watch some exciting playoff football. With a full belly, a winning team and family all around, our dinner at The Nimrod was a no-brainer.
The Nimrod Restaurant & Jazz Lounge
100 Dillingham Avenue
Post by and photos credited to Molly G.
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