Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Neptune Oyster

After blogging regularly for a year and a half now, I've come to realize certain content becomes repetitive. Annual trips, restaurant week dinners at previously reviewed favorites, North End Festivals, and in this very instance, the Hot Lobster Roll from Neptune Oyster. I ventured to what is easily recognized as one of Boston's top seafood establishments last Summer and I came back again this summer because it is simply that good. And because Megan has been encouraging a visit together ever since she saw my write up last summer. Two Friday's ago (I'm just a little behind with posting!) We endured a short (half hour) wait after putting our names in around noon, which is typical of the tiny, ever crowded Salem Street bistro meets raw bar.
Expect them to take your name and cell phone number, allowing you to wander around the North End until your table is ready. We browsed some local boutiques and relaxed on a Greenway bench before returning promptly 30 minutes later. We were showed our seats shortly after returning. I slid into the comfy red leather banquet underneath one of the large mirrors framed in a heavy dark wood, offset by the polished white tiled wall. Listed directly on the mirrors are the food and drink specials, which serve to add a simple sophistication to the ambiance. We started with a glass of Prosecco ($10) each and chose from a large index card of the namesake signature offerings. Oysters! I recommend taking advantage of the varietals from both coasts, comparing and contrasting versions of these freshly shucked sea creatures never ceases to delight. Working our way from east coast to west, first we enjoyed the local Wellfleet ($2.60) which are extremely briny with a sweet buttery finish. Next a Kumamoto ($2.90) from Willapa Bay, Washington which are sweet, plump and creamy with hints of honeydew melon. Last we slurped the Kusshi ($2.90) from Deep Bay, British Columbia. These are tiny in size, pleasantly sweet and mildly salty with a crisp cucumber finish. The Hot Lobster Roll ($25) as I alluded to above, is a must order. We decided to split one, there is easily enough lobster meat on their to satisfy a duo, not to mention this option is little lighter on the wallet.
Don't mistake that to mean the $25 isn't worth the splurge. Piled into a soft griddled brioche bun is a mountain of warm, butter-drenched lobster chunks and nothing else. Velvety smooth claws and sweet succulent tail meat grace every bite. Intensely seasoned crispy fries also in enormous proportion, seal the deal. How many different ways can I explain how good that lobster roll is? I know you've read it all before, and the fact that I dedicated a summer lunch two years running speaks volumes. A lively atmosphere drenched in character, with service to match, Neptune Oyster enchants and charms all who dine here. Add it to your list of "must visit spots" for sure.
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17 comments:

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I've been meaning to head here for a lobster roll - but the lack of reservations always gets me. Looks so good though, might just be worth the wait!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

We might need to make an autumn trip to Neptune too!

Betsy said...

Agree, I've been meaning to visit here as well. Looks great!!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I still haven't made it to Neptune Oyster but I did satisfy my lobster roll craving in Boothbay this past weekend!

In and Around Town said...

Just went for the first time and it is totally worth it! That lobster roll is truly decadent and so delicious!

Kim said...

hands down best lobster roll in the city. makes me want to go back for one this weekend!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I am a sucker for a good lobstah roll! ;)

kitchenmisfit said...

I NEED to get to Neptune Oysters. I've heard such fantastic things! And I love how they take your phone # instead of giving out those annoying buzzers

kfenton917 said...

Growing up in CT, with Summertime's spent in Madison. We always got the best hot lobster rolls. (Lenny & Joe's) Now living on Cape Cod, rarely do you find a hot lobster roll on the menu. So, I will take your advise & try Neptune. Hopefully with you!

Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant said...

The lobster roll at Neptune Oyster is easily one of the best! So simple! So delicous!!

Lindsey @ BeantownEats said...

I really need to get myself over there. Summer is almost gone and I haven't had a lobster roll yet!!!

Bad Joan said...

Well now everyone's hungry!! Looks awesome.


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Amber Blue Bird said...

I love that they take your cell number, I hate having to wait in a restaurant for a table..I would much prefer shopping

Elizabeth said...

That is an awesome looking plate of food, particularly those fries.

jesslope said...

yum, yum, and more yum

Megan said...

Thank you for doing a repeat lunch for me! Had a wonderful time catching up with you over those nice buttery lobster chunks!

heather said...

oh goodness, that sounds and looks like heaven! whenever we make it to the east coast, we are definitely going there! and i love your description of the oysters!