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Neptune - North End

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Neptune - North End

Rubee | Apr 4, 2006 01:03 PM

Finally made it to Neptune Sunday night. E had an appointment in the North End, so it made sense for me to enjoy the weather, and meeting later at Neptune. Bought a couple of nice wines at one of my favorite shops – the Wine Bottega on Hanover – Boyajian oils from Dairy Fresh Candies, and some gifts from Shake the Tree Gallery, both on Salem. At Neptune, we got two nice seats at the bar and proceeded to feast. E wanted fried oysters this time, so no raw ones for us. He loves them here – as has already been mentioned, Neptune has a great hand with the fried items – these are served with a chunky blue cheese dressing. They were out of the crudo (I think it was tuna with 'toasted' eel, red onions, and an avocado cream?), so I took the bartender’s advice and ordered the often-mentioned cod cheeks. Great! Three or four crispy cod cheeks served with a little bacon sour cream, and fantastic sweet and tangy baked beans made with large Peruvian lima beans. When I mentioned how good these were, I was told they cook them in lobster stock. Needless to say, we were getting full and probably should have stopped here, but E had to get the hot buttered lobster roll (with great extra-crispy fries I might add), and I had to order what Tatamagouche mentioned in an earlier thread – the fried jumbo shrimp with melted veal, warm fontina, green olives, and honeyed sweetbreads! What a combination and, surprisingly, not as heavy and rich as it sounds. Beatifully plated – a pile of tender braised veal, topped by three small pieces of slightly-sweet glazed sweetbreads, propping up three or four jumpo shrimp perfectly fried in a light dusting of flour. All of this was garnished with a chunky green olive vinaigrette and a little melted fontina. What a combination, and one of the reasons I like Neptune – they mix such creative flavors together. It was great and, obviously a dish I’ve never had before. Oh, and I should mention that the Sunday special was King Crab macaroni and cheese with fontina. Well, this meal ended our binge of over-eating this weekend with a bang. We’ll be taking it easy this week. I'm actually craving salad...

FYI - As Neptune doesn’t have a website up, I’ll mention some of the other items on the menu (though many change frequently). Sandwiches include the Neptune Burger with fried oysters, hot or cold lobster rolls, “Po’ Boys”, and Vitello Tonato. Apps: Clam chowder, steamed littlenecks, fried clams, crab cakes, braised octopus with polenta, rock shrimp scampi, mussels in foie gras broth. Salads like the famous tuna ribbons and Neptune “Anileros” with sea urchin dressing, and main dishes like trout, halibut, salmon, marlin, cioppino, lobster stew, and even an 18 oz bone-in ribeye. So many things to try….

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