Tuesday, February 21, 2012

North End Progressive Dinner Part 2 | Mare Oyster Bar

Appetizers
This evening marked my inaugural visit to the revamped Mare, a favorite restaurant of mine in its former life and now an even better asset to the neighborhood as an oyster bar. It feels less formal than it once was, and with this casual approach I am much more inclined to pop in for some cocktails and raw bar fare on a whim. We made a reservation for the four of us this evening, to keep our progressive dinner on schedule. Thankfully, our fantastic waiter had no qualms about our appetizers only meal. We sat in a corner table dressed in crisp white linens set with flickering tea lights. Through the gaping windows as the sun dipped behind the city scape in the distance we sipped from a bottle of Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut ($45) and noshed on seafood apps from the redesigned clipboard menu. We started with some beautiful, briny Cape Cod Oysters ($1.95) from Wellfleet and Pleasant Bay, Orleans and followed those up with a bowl of Steamed Wellfleet Mussels ($12.99) prepared in a lemony white whine garlic sauce. I relished the zesty citrus flavor in this dish, which was heightened by shaved lemon peels. Rounding out the shellfish offerings was a bowl of Native Clams ($12.99) which were served roasted with sopressata and herbs over smooth, creamy polenta. Everything was excellent, though these appetizers were merely a teaser of what Mare has to offer. Tonight it was all about progress, and so we swiftly paid our bill and were off to destination number three for the entree course!
Read my review of Mare (during restaurant week) in its former life here.

P.S. I turn 28 today!

18 comments:

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Happy birthday Daisy!! Hope it's a great one. I was wondering how it might work to order just small plates at on a Sat night - great that this place was so accommodating!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Happy birthday, Kristen! The polenta was such a dream! Thanks for helping plan/organize the dinner!

Megan said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Loved our stop at Mare. I can definitely see myself going back there for more champagne and oysters and of course more of that creamy, dreamy polenta with clams.

Bridget said...

Happy Birthday girl!!!! Hope you have a great one!

I've never been to Mare but I think I'd love it. I'm loving this progressive dinner!! I did an abridged version in Portland this weekend but we missed dessert.

In and Around Town said...

Happy Birthday!!

I loved Mare in its former life and am happy to hear that new self is worth the trip the North End. I bet taking down some of the formal nature will make it a bigger attraction.

Tracey said...

Happy Birthday!!! Wow that polenta looks so good. I have never heard of this place. I am going to have to check it out!

Meesh said...

happy birthday! i love this progressive dinner thing, i think i might just have to copy you when my birthday rolls around!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Happy birthday! xoxo

PS - A progressive dinner sounds so much fun!

Natasha Price said...

A lovely dinner! Happy birthday & best wishes to you!

Jennifurla said...

Hapy 28th, the dish over polenta = YUM

Michelle Collins said...

Happy birthday!!!!

Amber said...

Happy Birthday! 28 is an awesome age :)

MelissaNibbles said...

The clams over polenta sounds wonderful. Happy birthday!

Elizabeth said...

The space looks gorgeous! Dave would be in heaven there with all of those oysters.

Simply Life said...

I LOVE that you had a progressive dinner!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

kfenton917 said...

Oysters, Muscles, & Clams ~ Oh My!

Happy Birthday #28!

Meghan said...

Your photos are just gorgeous. I need you to teach me how to use my camera properly. I hope you had an amazing birthday and can't wait to celebrate with you soon!

MOLLY GALLER said...

Happy birthday!! I hope this year is the best year yet! Cheers to you!