Dinner at Robin’s (Cambria, CA)

Robin’s was recommended by two different townspeople. The chef seems to have high aspirations since he prepares “special” menus throughout the year and even has a Japanese menu paired with different kinds of sake. The menu is also eclectic, offering seafood items, Indian-themed dishes and a heavy influence of Asian fusion. This seemed promising, so we decided to give it a try.

This may be one of the best restaurants in town, but aspiration exceeded execution. We ordered only appetizers and salad. The steamed mussels and clams suffered from mussel meat that was not plump, seemingly dehydrated, if that’s at all possible. There wasn’t much to chew. The clams were fine although somewhat large for our taste. But the biggest problem was that the shellfish were overcooked, almost rubbery, also making the strips of ham chewy. The broth was flavorful, worthy of bread-dipping (we had to ask for a basket of bread, which itself was not that great) though salty.

Ale-steamed mussels and clams with Canadian bacon

The crab cake appetizer was overfried, the batter almost crunchy. We think they used rock crab, which is plentiful around here, and thankfully, they didn’t use too much bread as filler. The cakes sat on top of a remoulade and parsley oil.

Spring onion crab cakes with caper-chive remoulade

The specially featured local albarino (Tangent) wine was very good. Overall, not a special meal at all.

4095 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428
Sample menu

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