Pier W, Cleveland, 9/5/18

outside
outside

Pier W has been around since 1965 and specializes in seafood.  Built to resemble the hull of a luxury liner as it overlooked Lake Erie.  It has a large dining room for 165 as well as a large cocktail lounge/bar area and some smaller party rooms.  The view through  windows on the end of the dining room allowed diners to watch ships, kayaks and the downtown Cleveland skyline while they ate.  There is also a large outdoor patio on top of the dining space that provided more view of the rocky cliffs on either side of the restaurant.  The lovely dining room is a combination of booths and tables all covered in white clothes and napkins.  Between the carpet, wood on the walls, ceiling tiles and padded wood chairs there was enough dampening that noise was not an issue.  Fish and nautical art covered the walls.  In the end of the room opposite the windows was the glassed in cocktail lounge that had tables as well as bar stools.  

buyilding
building
entrance
entrance

The large menu offered a fixed price 3 course lunch special.  We chose that option and the portions were good sized and the price point made it a deal.  Service was friendly but really slow and inattentive.  Pacing was also off as our salads came out while the appetizer plates were still on the table and then there was about 30 minutes between salad and main course.

bar area
bar area
dining room
dining room
from the other way
from the other way
other side
side
Frankie wanted the wheel to move
Frankie wanted the wheel to move
menu 1
menu
wines list
wine list
lunch special
lunch special
oysters
oysters

 

Bread had a crisp crust and large air holes in the chewy interior.  It was quite nice and the softened butter also had good flavor.  There was an unadvertised special on wine Monday through Wednesday when wines designated with the “glass mark” were one third off.

bread and butter
bread and butter
bread
bread
Frankie took in the view
Frankie took in the view

 

We added a couple of their appetizers from the regular menu.  Braised Angus beef short rib pierogies were served with a caramelized Cippolini jus.  The pierogies came 3 to an order and were housemade with a sour cream dough on the outside.  The sauce was very savory and the meat inside was tender and juicy.  They were very good.

pirogys
Braised Angus Beef Short Rib Pierogies
closer
closer
inside
inside
Frankie explored the dive suit
Frankie explored the dive suit

 

Tempura Fried Shrimp also included tempura fried cauliflower, broccoli and carrots and was served with a siracha aioli.  The coating was nicely light and crisp but I would have preferred a slightly spicier sauce and more of it on the plate as it really added to the flavor.  The shrimp and vegetables were cooked perfectly and all tasty.  Overall it was nice.

shrimp tempura
Tempura Fried Shrimp, Cauliflower, Carrots, Siracha Aioli
closer
closer
inside
inside
press
press
Frankie played around
Frankie played around

 

The Raspberry Almond Salad was a combination of spring lettuces tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette, toasted almonds and crumbled goat cheese.  It was well dressed and the goat cheese blended in well.  Each table was equipped with salt and pepper grinders to add to it as you wished.  Some the lettuces chewed more like a kale, maybe because the stems were left on – however that gave it some texture along with the nuts.  I’d call this one okay.

salad
Raspberry Almond Salad – Spring lettuce medley, raspberry vinaigrette, toasted almonds, crumbled goat cheese
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closer
tossed around
tossed around
Frankie approved of grinders on each table
Frankie approved of grinders on each table

 

Grilled Jamaican Swordfish was plated with pineapple chutney, whipped potatoes, fried plantains and grilled baby bok choy.  The nice piece of fish was cooked well and topped with the pineapple chutney but they forgot the plantains.  I finally snagged a service person and they remarked “yes, they do seem to be missing.” Shortly she showed up with a plate and unceremoniously dumped them on our plates.   It didn’t matter – it just seemed out of step.  The bok choy was also nicely cooked and the potatoes had good flavor.  The sauce was tasty but the seasoned fish could have used more to enhance it.    In fact all parts of the plate were nice but I wasn’t sure they complimented one another.

fish
Grilled Jamaican Swordfish – pineapple chutney, whipped potatoes, fried plantains, grilled baby bok choy
other ide
other side
one mroe angle
one more angle
plantains arrived
fried plantains arrived
closer
closer
another dining area
another dining area
Frrankie liked the bathroom finish
Frankie liked the bathroom finish

 

Dessert was strawberry fried cheesecake bits which were plated with one raw strawberry and some strawberry sauce.  The cheesecake seemed to have been frozen then coated and fried as the the bits were still slightly frozen in the middle.  The coating was nicely light but the fresh berry had no taste.  It was an okay dessert but not even approaching a good sweet fix.  Go to this place for the view and snacks.

cheesecake balls
Strawberry Fried Cheesecake Bits
closer
closer
inside
inside
view
view
view
view
interior
interior
view
view
bar
bar
Frankie looked out the port hole
Frankie looked out the port hole

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