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Rumpelstiltskin’s , 2 Hill O’Chips, Ph:(709) 579-6000
Style: Family Eatery
Price: Around $50 for dinner for two with wine
Ratings: 3 out of 5





Rumpelstiltskin’s, located in the Quality Hotel at the corner of Duckworth Street and Hill O’Chips, is a popular spot with both locals and tourists. Recently redecorated with a more stylish, luxurious feel, Rumpelstiltskin’s has a varied menu that is similar to many mid-priced hotel restaurants in the metro area such as P.J. Billington’s. Both establishments have that low lit, dark wood and cozy booths atmosphere as well as sun room style windows, but the former of the two has a better view. One of the best features of Rumpelstiltskin’s is its commanding view of the Battery, the Narrows, and Signal Hill which very few restaurants can boast.

As previously mentioned, Rumpelstiltskin’s menu is varied and fairly broad. There is everything from Sandwiches and Burgers, to Pasta, Stir-fry, Steaks, and Seafood dishes. Seafood is one of their specialties, and they are known for their Cod and Salmon dishes which come with Steamed Veggies and a choice of Fries, Baked Potato, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, or Pasta. The garlic mash potatoes are quite popular and pair well with the seafood dishes. Also good are their Bacon Wrapped Scallops on the Appetizer menu. They come with a Rice Pilaf and eat more like a meal than a starter. It’s a more savory take on sweet and salty, with the Teriyaki glazed seared scallops having just the right sweetness, and the bacon wrapped around being the salty part of the equation. The glaze on the scallops is a nice touch and encompasses both sweet and salty flavors and a smoky finish. I highly recommend the Bacon Wrapped Scallops, easily one of the best items on Rumpelstiltskin’s menu.

For main course during our meal, my dining companion and I  both chose seafood based dishes, though they were at different ends of the dining spectrum. I order their Cajun Shrimp Primavera, featuring pan friend shrimp in a hot Cajun seasoning atop a pasta of my choice(they offer linguine, fettacine, and penne), mixed with Olive Oil, Garlic, Herbs, Green and Red Pepper and Mushrooms. It’s actually a very simple dish but the spicy shrimp really kick it up a notch. The ingredients were all very fresh as well and the shrimp was done just right. It’s a warming, comforting kind of dish, perfect for a cold evening, and it pairs well with a red wine like Shiraz.

My dining companion ordered the Fish and Chips, another of Rumpelstiltskin’s most popular dishes. She said it was decent but that she has had better. The fries were excellent, it was the fish that could have been better. It had clearly been frozen and it seemed like it had been re-heated as opposed to made fresh. Too bad because I have had their Fish and Chips when the fish is fresh and it’s very good. The Dressing and Gravy that came with the meal were passable, similar to many other establishments.

Rumpelstiltskin’s is not a bad spot to try for a meal. There are some inconsistencies with the menu items, and the pricier dishes tend to be of better quality. The service is prompt and courteous, the servers are very accommodating to the needs of their patrons. I do think the prices of their pub fare menu items could come down a bit to compete with similar restaurants. They do a fabulous job on their higher end dishes, I would like to see that standard applied to all of their menu.

By: Vanessa Wade