Posting about a 5 day old restaurant is basically unfair – every restaurant has tweaks to work out, service issues to refine, suppliers to be locked in and a hundred other details that need to be addressed. But as a Bostonian, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out a New England style Seafood Shack.
Blue Plate Oysterette – you can eat outside
The open kitchen
BYO white wine – corkage $10.00
The genial and gracious GM, Salvador – He is terrific.
Oysters on the half shell with homemade cocktail sauce and mignonette – Lunas (San Diego), Bahia Falsa (Baha), Fanny Bay (British Columbia) and Metcalf Bay (British Columbia) – Other than the Fanny Bay, the oysters were good. As for the Fanny Bay, they were non-existent and shouldn’t have been served. To the restaurant’s credit we were given 4 oysters of our choice to replace the Fanny Bay.
4 Metcalf Bay oysters – absolutely addictive house-made cocktail sauce
In terms of sourcing, I would say that Bouchon’s oysters (Yountville) Neptune’s oysters (Boston) are superior, but again they have been in business a long time and as such have established a major relationship with their sources.
Neptune Oyster – Boston
Clam Chowder, cherrystone clams, light cream broth – My husband likes very thick chowder so he wasn’t in love with this. He doesn’t even like Neptune’s chowder because he thinks it is too thin. (My feeling – take it as a personal preference).
Fried Seafood Combo – Calamari, Oysters, Shrimp – the seafood was cornmeal crusted
Close-up – 3 oysters, 2 shrimp and mostly calamari. I started major begging with Salvador to add Ipswich clams to the menu. I even brought my photo of Neptune’s clams to help with my plea.
The fried Oysters were perfect and I decided to have 4 extra. Next time I think I would just order fried oysters until they get clams.
The Big Dog – all natural 1/2 pound Kobe Beef dog, sauerkraut, homemade pickles, slaw – My husband loved it, ate half and is eating the other half watching the Dodgers.
Bottom line – we will definitely go back. One caveat – do not park in the lot next to the restaurant – exorbitant – just find a public parking lot only a block away and save a lot of money.