I’m going to preface this by saying that I am shocked and saddened by the bombings that happened during the Boston Marathon yesterday. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I feel especially disturbed given how recently I was in Boston. In fact, while we were there, my husband and I shopped for a toothbrush at the Walgreens on Boylston Street right by the site of the second explosion. I love the city of Boston and very much hope that some kind of justice will be served.
During our Easter weekend trip to Boston, my husband and I had an amazing meal at the Island Creek Oyster Bar. We both really enjoy seafood which makes Boston a great place for us to visit. I discovered this restaurant through a Google search a couple of weeks before our trip and was convinced by the overwhelmingly positive reviews to make a reservation for dinner on Easter Sunday.
After a long day of walking around Boston followed by more walking from our hotel (Omni Parker House) to the restaurant, I was exhausted, starving, and very eager for dinner. Our first impression of the decor was very positive. We liked the vibe and the openness of the restaurant. The oyster bar is lit up and visible to patrons around the centre of the restaurant. The entire back wall of the restaurant is made up of oyster shells held up by mesh. We thought that was a nice touch.
We found the staff at the restaurant to be friendly and happy to offer recommendations, albeit sometimes conflicting ones. Since the restaurant is an oyster bar, we figured we just had to try some of their oysters. Our server provided us with some information about all the oysters on the raw oyster menu. Since we were on the East Coast, we decided to stick with East Coast oysters (including an interesting the wild belon even though we were told it has a very strong, metallic taste that some people do not like). My husband and I love oysters and proceeded to order two dozen to start, along with a razor clam appetizer. While this may seem like a lot of oysters, it doesn’t beat the time we were in Gulf Shores, Alabama and ordered a dozen dozen oysters as our entire meal. The oysters were absolutely delicious! The razor clams were tasty but I like the oysters more than I liked the clams.
As for a main course? I knew almost immediately, after a first glance at the menu, that I wanted the lobster roe noodles as a main course. I couldn’t resist the mouth-watering combination of grilled lobster, braised short rib, oyster mushrooms, noodles, and pecorino. There also appeared to be some kind of peas mixed in. I devoured this dish and enjoyed every bite! My husband ordered the striped sea bass which was also quite tasty. We always like to taste each other’s dishes.
We decided we had to try at least one dessert and intended on narrowing it down to one choice that we would then share. My husband, in particular, has quite a sweet tooth and almost always has to end a meal with something sweet. There were two desserts that sounded to good to resist: strawberry-rhubarb pie with ice cream (can’t remember the flavour now) and the warm gingerbread with blood orange sherbet and vanilla custard sauce. I think that the pie was a special for that evening as it was not on their regular dessert menu. The desserts were quite good and a nice way to end a terrific meal.
We left the restaurant happy and satisfied. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves seafood, is in Boston, and doesn’t mind a somewhat more expensive meal. I can’t wait to come back soon!