Restaurant Review: Valentine's luncheon buffet at The Hidden Cove

Cape Tech students deliver a tour de force buffet experience
An exquisite dessert was the perfect ending to a wonderful buffet luncheon at Cape Tech's Hidden Cove restaurant. CCToday photo.

The editorial board of CapeCodToday visited Cape Tech's Hidden Cove restaurant today to experience their Valentine's Day Buffet.  

Our one-word verdict:  Outstanding!

The buffet menu offered something for everyone: 

  • Tomato basil Soup    
  • Crusader salad     
  • Roasted beets and carrots
  • Potatoes au gratin      
  • Green bean almandine     
  • Shrimp Scampi with jasmine rice
  • Chicken Picatta          
  • Salmon Wellington    
  • Carving station of Roast leg of lamb
  • Fresh baked rolls and Breads     
  • Chocolate Cake      
  • Cannoli   
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries

The luncheon began with a cup of tomato basil soup that was served at the table and was as good as any we've eaten in a high-priced, fine-dining establishment.  The soup alone was worth nearly the $9 cost of the luncheon buffet.

The buffet was laid out in a simple, logical manner.  Salads, cole slaw and breads lead to the main courses - all served by students in the school's culinary arts program.  The final stop was carving station - being carved by the very student who cooked the mouthwatering roast leg of lamb.  

After a couple of trips through the buffet, the plated dessert was served at our table along with coffee.  

Service was efficient and very friendly.  The buffet was well-stocked, the food hot and the student servers all congenial.  The presentation was "wow"-inspiring, especially the dessert plate.

If there was a single thing that might be improved, it's the need for sharper knives.  When one tried to cut the lamb with the knives provided, one might think the meat tough - however when we tasted the lamb we realized it was perfectly tender and our knives were dull.

Every table at the Hidden Cove was occupied with more guests waiting to be seated.  Despite this level of trade, the service remained impeccible and the buffet was replenished right away as items were consumed.

Our group has dined at The Hidden Cove at least five times since October.  Each meal was perfect, the service outstanding and the value incredible.  Better still, the enthusiasm of the students who cook and serve the food can be contagious and adds to the excellent overall experience.


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