It doesn't look like much from outside and the same could be said about the inside. Atlantic could easily be overlooked and if noticed at all, perceived as another 'hole in the wall', but this Brockton Village restaurant is indeed a jewel and proves that you can't knock it until you try it.
A definitive seafood theme dominates the room as tacky photos of fish and boats hang on the walls. A friendly, laid back server leads us to our table, while bluegrass and blues play faintly in the backgro
und, setting a pleasant, cozy and equally laid back mood.
Chef-owner Nathan Isberg's menu not only changes daily but strongly encourages sharing. It's a mix of tapas and entrees so naturally, we take full advantage and sample a variety of eccentric dishes that are best enjoyed with anticipation rather than expectation.
One is the chili spiced Calamari Antipasti ($2.50). Isberg uses a variety of spices that magically work well together as one never overpowers the other. In fact, it was so lovely we ordered two. The Jerk Chicken Noodle Soup ($6) has a kick that hits me right away, while the Red Cabbage and Grain Salad ($6) with dates, blue goat cheese and hazelnuts sounds like an odd bunch to put together in one bowl but in reality turns out to be a beautifully fresh, summery combination.
For dessert, the Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Peach Soup ($5) kept my guest reaching for the spoon time and again and the Wild Apple Spelt Crepes ($5) kept me reaching for my spoon repeatedly. A perfect ending to a fantastic meal; a return visit is imminent.
Price: Reasonable. $100 with wine, variety of dishes, dessert, tax and tip
Atmosphere: Laid back, casual
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Hint: Sharing is encouraged; tapas and entrees make for a well balanced meal.
Surprise, Surprise: Menu changes daily, ensuring freshness
FIVE STARS: (Extraordinary) A one-of-a-kind, world-class experience.
FOUR STARS: (Excellent) Superior. Memorable, high-quality menus and/or savvy service.
THREE STARS: (Good) Solid places that beckon with generally appealing cooking.
TWO STAR: (Fair) Just OK. A place not worth rushing back to. But, it might have something worth recommending.
ONE STAR: (Poor) Below-average restaurant.
*Reviews are meant to describe a dining out experience at a given period in time and are the personal opinion of the writer.
All meals are paid for, including all taxes and gratuities.
All reservations are made under assumed names. Dine.TO encourages its users to share their feedback.