You may recall that in 2010 Michael Bauer had to pull a review from publication (which he subsequently published parts of on his blog) of Nick's Cove in Tomales Bay after a sudden menu change would have made the review outdated. Local restaurant impresario Pat Kuleto reportedly dumped $10 million to renovate the place to "maintain its ramshackled appearance," as Bauer put it, only to admit later to investors that the whole venture had been "a disaster" and sell off the property to a restaurant group. Recently Mr. Bauer "made the winding trip" back to Nick's Cove to see how the new owners were faring, and it still doesn't sound like it's worth the trip.
Bauer writes today, in noting recent dish highlights before he takes off on his annual vacation back home to Kansas City, "My advice is to stick to the local oysters and maybe the crab Louis." So that's it, sir? Just the oysters? That doesn't speak highly for the new menu or chef. "I had excellent Drakes Bay, Preston Point and Marin miyagi oysters," he says, trying to be diplomatic. "I also really enjoyed the cooked ones." So, if that's all he can say, they probably won't be getting a full update.
7x7 also wrote up the restaurant in January, calling it "pleasant enough" under the new management, with more small plates and such. But even they mostly sound enthusiastic about the view.
Midweek favorites: The dining was so good this week I couldn’t wait to share [Between Meals/Scoop]
Earlier: On Tomales Bay, Nick's Cove Gets a Makeover [7x7]
Kuleto Calls Nick’s Cove a ‘Disaster,’ Rebel Soft Opening, and More
Datebook Yanks a Bad Bauer Review, Bauer Publishes the Worst Parts on His Blog Anyway