I recently accompanied my husband to Boston on business and after a disappointing meal the night before at Abe and Louies, we ventured into our reservations at Atlantic Fish with a bit of trepidation ( I do think both restaurants are owned by the same group but luckily Atlantic Fish is the better choice of the two)
As we walked in, giving our name, we were pointed to a small two top table just in front of the hostess stand. My husband looked at me and I knew I needed to ask for something perhaps in the back, or a booth away from the fracas at the door and hostess stand.
We were told that on busy nights (this was a Saturday and we did not want to opt to eat outside) that the booths were held out for at least parties of 3 or more--which I understood--- they took my name and told us they'd do what they could as quickly as they could as we made our way to the bar where Julie the barmaid happily made us feel at home.
We waited about 15 minutes when the hostess came to retrieve us from the bar in order to lead us back to our table. The table was actually a table for 4 so we had ample space. I really get frustrated with the size of tables nowadays for guests of 1 or 2---so small that once plates arrive, there is simply no room.
Our waiter was prompt to greet us and take drink orders. He explained the specials then gave us a few minutes to make a decision. Bread and water were quickly delivered to the table.
I opted for the lump crab appetizer which was fresh, nicely chilled but not so cold as not to offer any taste and my husband went with the clam chowder, which was very good.
We then each ordered the lobster. Mine was the 2 lb, his was the 3 pound. I did not want the pre-set sides of corn and potatoes which accompany the lobster meals, opting to change out the corn for asparagus but somehow I was given corn and asparagus---but I didn't complain or send it back as it was a minor switch.
The lobsters where nicely cooked and cleanly cracked, all but the knuckles which made eating them not nearly as messy as some I've had---more of a decadent pleasure. But lobster is lobster and it tends to be a bit chewy. I enjoyed mine but I think my husband wished he'd gotten something else as he did think it chewy and for the price, one just doesn't get filled up.
We did order dessert and coffee. My husband opted for the key lime pie which when it arrived was so masterfully presented as well as very flavorful. I ordered a bowl of peppermint ice-cream which was a perfect and refreshing finish to such a rich meal.
I truly enjoyed our evening and would highly recommend Atlantic Fish Company
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