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Thursday, November 15, 2012

[Boston] Atlantic Fish Company

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761 Boylston Street
Boston, MA, United States

Coming to boston for the first time, I had a couple of items on my bucketlist I wanted to accomplish. They're not all related to food of course (I'm not always a fatass!). But conveniently the one crossed off while I was at Atlantic Fish Company, is. More on that later.

This restaurant was recommended by my coworker, and I was lucky enough to get the very last 6 person table for the next 3 weeks (which resulted from a last minute cancellation). Yes you got that right THREE WEEKS! I think that is a testament to how great the food is. If you plan on visiting this restaurant make sure you book well in advance!

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Atlantic Fish Company

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Bar Area

Given that this place always has a line up, it's a good thing they offer patrons waiting in line to drop by the bar to grab beverages. We passed up on the offer, but there were definitely many who didn't!

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The dining room

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Table Setting

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Back Bay Sangria ($9.75) - A refreshing combination of E Minor Shiraz, Bacardi Limon Rum, Stoli Razberi Vodka, Massenez Creme de Peche, Sprite, and fresh fruits

Just because I didn't order a drink from the bar, doesn't mean I was about to pass up a drink at the table! I'm a big fan of sangrias because they are so fruity and easy to throw back. But let me warn you all you sangria fans out there, this one was ST-RONG! Not to the point of aversion, but definitely not your average easy drink. Other than that, definitely was a good choice to go along with all the seafood that we ordered.

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Table Bread

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Lobster Crab Louie ($18) -with avocado, endive and tomato

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Award-Winning New England Clam Chowder ($7)

Have Boston clam chowder in boston--Check! Not only did this mark one off for the bucket list, it was delicious as well! A thick chowder with lots of hearty potatoes and clams. For a soup, it's a generous portion that alone would've filled me up (with the bread bowl and all) so it was a good thing we shared one order between 6 people.

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Shellfish Platters ($60) -Lobster, Lump Crab, Oysters, Littlenecks, and Shrimp served with an assortment of dipping sauces.

So this right here, may be the very reason why I came to Boston. A platter of pretty much all the most delicious shelled seafood served cold. A little bit pricey, but I thought it was worth every penny. The oysters and littlenecks were so fresh, not a trace of sand in either. And the shrimps, they were as big as the lobster tail!

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Lobster vs. Shrimp? I think Shrimp wins this time!
Photo creds Amy Chan

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Greatest invention -lemon covers!

I also LOVED these lemon covers so that you don't get seeds when spritzing your seafood. Don't ask me why, but it's always these little things that impress me the most :)

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Pan-Seared Sea Bass ($39) -over spinach and lobster ravioli in a lobster cream sauce with tomato and fresh basil

All 6 of us at the table came to a censuses that this was the best dish of the night. I didn't think a cooked piece of fish could showcase the characteristics of raw fish, but this filet managed to melt your mouth like butter. An excellent grilled sea bass, and one order was clearly not enough! Simply delicious!

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Lobster Ravioli ($25) - fresh lobster and shiitake mushrooms in a basil cream sauce

The lobster ravioli seemed to be a popular choice here, and while it comes as a side to the Seared Sea Bass, we figured I can't go wrong ordering more with something stuffed with lobster and portabello mushroom. I personally really enjoyed this dish with the tasty rose lobster sauce and chunky mushrooms, but others at the table found it underwhelming and plain. I do admit that it is a more simplistic dish that may not appeal to those looking for more impact.

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Peppermint Ice Cream Pie ($7) -served with chocolate cookie crust and chocolate ganache

Ordering dessert was a tough process because we were all pretty full. But what kind of meal would be complete without dessert? After long deliberation to narrow down the options, we chose the Peppermint Ice Cream Cake as a result of our love for chocolate mint ice cream. We were not to be disappointed. The ice cream has a pleasant cool minty flavour with an abundance of crunchy mint candy bits mixed in. The chocolate cookie crust is a bit crumbly, but went so well with the ice cream. A Definite recommendation to those who love chocolate mint!

Overall an excellent restaurant offering the whole package: classy ambiance, attentive service, and most importantly, exceptional food. Definitely one of the most memorable parts of my Boston trip! :)

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