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Neptune Oysters, North End, Boston

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Neptune Oysters, North End, Boston

Limster | Nov 14, 2004 11:22 PM

Properly shucked oysters, fresh, plump, silky, shells brimming with their oceany liquor. Kumamotos from CA, my favourite, was as delicately sweet as expected. Nauset Bays (MA) were slightly briny, with a clean flavour overall. Pemaquids (ME) were crisp and just as clean tasting as the Nauset Bays, but perhaps a little less complex. Significantly better than a poor showing from B&G a few months ago.

Nantucket Bay scallops benefit from simple quick searing (one of my favourite chefs once insisted, not more than a minute on each side, he would probably be satisfied here), that mild but pointed marine sweetness coming through easily. A well composed dish with fall flavours from a sweet pumpkin bread and maple butter, the maple nuance a bit too subtle for me. Savoury and crispy pork cracklings are always welcome, as were the sharpness of snappy green beans.

Saw them shuck a whole scallop to order, serving it raw on the shell. I'm getting that next time.

A pleasant prosecco. Lovely and comfortable bar. $48 for wine, 6 oysters and the scallops (not including tip).

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